During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program on Tuesday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (photo) revealed that he would now support legislation that provided a “path for citizenship” for illegal immigrants.
Morning Joe’s co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Bush about a statement e-mailed by an unnamed Romney advisor to the Miami Herald: “Where the hell was Jeb Bush during the [Romney] campaign? … He spent all this time criticizing Romney and it turns out he has basically the same position. So he wants people to go back to their country and apply for citizenship? Well that’s self deportation. We got creamed for talking about that. And now Jeb is saying the same thing.”
Bush bristled and claimed that the book proposed six points of immigration reform that are different from what was advocated by either candidate in last year’s presidential election. Bush said that in the book, he and Bolick proposed “a path to legalization.”
“What’s the difference between a path to legalization and a path to citizenship?” asked Scarborough.
Bush replied: “The principal difference … the principle underlying what we’ve proposed is that if you don’t have a difference between a path to citizenship or a path to legalization, you’re going to create a magnet going forward for more illegal…”
Scarborough interjected: “You’re going to repeat what happened in today’s … Reagan amnesty.”
Bush continued: So going forward — we wrote this last year — going forward if there is a difference, if you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship where there isn’t an incentive for people to come illegally I’m for it. I don’t have a problem with that.”
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