Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush became the latest Republican politician to speak out against Arizona’s draconian immigration bill:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is speaking out against the new hard-line immigration law in Arizona, becoming the first prominent national Republican to do so.
“I think it creates unintended consequences,” he said in a telephone interview with POLITICO Tuesday. “It’s difficult for me to imagine how you’re going to enforce this law. It places a significant burden on local law enforcement and you have civil liberties issues that are significant as well.”
The measure, signed into law last Friday, would require police to check the immigration status of any individuals they reasonably suspect are illegal immigrants and arrest them if they can’t prove legal status.
Bush said he understood the anger that prompted the bill, but that immigration should remain a federal issue.
“I don’t think this is the proper approach,” he said.
The former governor recounted how, after he gave a speech Monday night in California, he was approached by a Hispanic man who was concerned about the measure leading to racial profiling and unfair targeting of Latinos.
“He said, ‘My parents live here, my grandparents live here — I’m Mexican-American,’” Bush recalled, adding that the man said, “‘I could be picked up.’”
Dave Weigel also reports today that Bush is part of a group of Republicans working behind the scenes to come up with a comprehensive immigration reform plan that could be passed by Congress this year, before the election:
On Thursday, Bush will headline a “nationwide strategy call with key business and Evangelical leaders to share convictions around the need for immigration reform this year,” according to Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Bush — who’ll be joined on the call by Carlos Gutierrez, his brother’s Commerce Secretary during the 2006/2007 immigration debate — has long favored some sort of comprehensive reform that bolsters border security while allowing more immigrants to attain citizenship. CCIR — which, to be honest, doesn’t make much of a splash outside of its press releases — has come out vehemently against Arizona’s legislation.
Of course, the right will just call people like Bush and Rubio RINO’s I’m sure.