Jeb Bush apparently decided to destroy his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination before he’d even decided whether to run when he made an entirely reasonable statement about why people often immigrate in order to help their families. Reasonable statements like this one do not help one in a Republican primary:
“The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families — the dad who loved their children — was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love,” Bush said.
But on Planet Wingnuttia, you see, furriners are not capable of love, only Americans are capable of love. That’s part of that American exceptionalism thing they blather on about constantly. Allen West, for one, is so upset by this that he says he might even leave the Republican party over it:
After Mefferd asked West whether he would consider joining a third party, the one-term Florida congressman lashed out at his home state’s former governor Jeb Bush for stating in an interview that immigrants who entered the country illegally did so as an “act of love” for their families.
“I believe that when we get to the point when the parties have failed the American people, absolutely,” West said. “The American people are getting fed up with what they see and what they hear each and every day. Case in point, look at our former governor of Florida down here, Jeb Bush who just came out and said illegal immigration is an act of love. An act of love is to take care of the American people who are suffering high unemployment, their wages are being depressed; they don’t need to be told, ‘Hey you need to step out of line and we’re going to fast-track these people.’”
It’s always amusing to see a wingnut invoke “the American people” to support a position that the American people are, in fact, strongly opposed to. Let’s look at some recent polls on immigration. a CBS News poll just a couple weeks ago found that 56% of Americans think those who are here illegally should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship; 29% think they should be sent back. A Pew poll in February found that a whopping 73% think that “there should be a way for those who meet certain requirements to stay in the country legally.” Only 24% says they shouldn’t be allowed to stay. A CNN poll at the beginning of February found that 81% would support “a bill that allowed those immigrants to stay in this country rather than being deported and eventually allow them to apply for U.S. citizenship.” 17% opposed it.
Sorry Allen, “the American people” think you’re dead wrong on this one.