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Wait: Jeb Bush now opposes a path to citizenship for illegals?
Hot Air ^ | March 4, 2013 | Allahpundit

Posted on 03/04/2013 3:29:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Via Politico, I … was not expecting that. Neither was HuffPo, which points to this piece from last summer as proof that he was singing a different tune in 2012:

“You have to deal with this issue. You can’t ignore it, and so either a path to citizenship, which I would support–and that does put me probably out of the mainstream of most conservatives–or … a path… to residency of some kind,” he said during an interview last week with Charlie Rose on CBS.

Bush’s position diverges from that of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who oppposes amnesty, supports the use of e-verify to stop businesses from hiring illegal immigrants, and has promised to build a “high-tech” fence to help secure the border.

Too stale? Here’s what he said just six weeks ago:

The only alternatives to increased immigration are mounting debts or reduced social services. A practicable system of work-based immigration for both high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants—a system that will include a path to citizenship—will help us meet workforce needs, prevent exportation of jobs to foreign countries and protect against the exploitation of workers…

Immigrants replenish the American spirit. Most immigrants come here to secure a better life for themselves and their families. They cherish the values of hard-work, faith, family, enterprise and patriotism that have made this country great. Meanwhile, many who were lucky enough to have been born here have grown complacent or even disdainful of these values. America’s immigration system should provide opportunities for people who share the country’s core values to become citizens, thereby strengthening the nation as have countless immigrants have before them.

Is there any obvious explanation for this reversal besides him watching Rubio roll out the Senate bipartisan bill, suddenly realizing that his 2016 niche on immigration had now been filled...

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TOPICS: Florida; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; bush; immigration; jebbush
So he's running for president? What are we, Honduras?
1 posted on 03/04/2013 3:29:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess Jebbie just doesn’t like brown people anymore. /s


2 posted on 03/04/2013 3:34:35 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only until after the election. Then he will have more felxabilty.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 3:39:34 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Forget it Jeb. No way. No how. You’ll never be president.


4 posted on 03/04/2013 3:43:00 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He opposed citizenship for illegals before he approved it before he opposed it again before he....

It all depends from which direction the political winds blow.

Perhaps Jeb should first send out plenty of “surveys” attached to requests for money before making his final decision.


5 posted on 03/04/2013 3:53:11 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As a Floridian, I always liked Jeb’s performance as governor. But his stance on immigration and belief in the green energy fairy were deal breakers for me if he ran for president.

I don’t know Jeb’s current stance on green energy, but if his position on immigration has indeed “evolved”, I’ll take Jeb over Rubio.


6 posted on 03/04/2013 3:55:48 PM PST by Oldhunk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Am I wrong but I think Obama will have his immigration issue
“everyone is welcome Viva obama” way before 2016.

Is Jeb running a head fake and hoping no one will notice the illeagals are already legal? will the media go along with it? What a joke


7 posted on 03/04/2013 3:57:28 PM PST by funfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I reluctantly support permanent residency for “Dream Act” children, but NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP.


8 posted on 03/04/2013 4:00:00 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He thinks it’s safe to pander to the bubbas because he knows the issue will be decided, and we’ll have 6 million new citizens, by the time the primaries come around.


9 posted on 03/04/2013 4:08:19 PM PST by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bravo Sierra, Jeb. We know all about your family’s love of illegals from south of the border. Americans! Stay out of the Bushes.
10 posted on 03/04/2013 4:11:32 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Oldhunk

As a fellow Floridian, I can remind you that there is no such thing as an “evolved” position with any Florida politician. These “evolved” politicians always play by RINO Crist, Marco Rubio rules — any lie that is politically expedient goes. Once they have safely reached their sought after office, they become whatever they want to be.

Although he was an excellent governor, I don’t want Jeb to become president and I will not support his RINO/anti-sovereignty ambitions.


11 posted on 03/04/2013 4:16:56 PM PST by Waryone
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
'The only alternatives to increased immigration are mounting debts or reduced social services. A practicable system of work-based immigration for both high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants—a system that will include a path to citizenship...'

......PATH TO CITIZENSHIP?....... PATH TO CITIZENSHIP?..... HUH?...... We ALREADY have one of those. Just ask any freedom loving person who came to the United States legally, and passed the tests and did all the things existing law called for that eventually enabled him to EARN the most prized possesion on earth....sooo what the hell gives? I don't get it..ANYBODY get it? .....

I DONT GET YOU SON

12 posted on 03/04/2013 4:25:28 PM PST by jimsin ({I reserve the balance of my time})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll stay home or vote for Hillary before I vote for another Bush.


13 posted on 03/04/2013 4:43:57 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This position isn't different enough from the previous position to merit deep analysis. I think this writer had a deadline to meet and had to come up with something.

He didn't succeed.

14 posted on 03/04/2013 4:51:31 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment. -Ludwig von Mises)
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To: LouAvul

I agree that another Bush will never get elected. But that means the GOP will run him for sure.


15 posted on 03/04/2013 5:12:55 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The real “path to citizenship” crosses a bridge southbound over the Rio Grande.


16 posted on 03/04/2013 5:13:05 PM PST by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Waryone

I understand all that. But we don’t get to pick who runs for the presidency. We generally end up having to pick the best of a mediocre litter, as we did with Romney. Perhaps we will get a candidate we really like and is also electable, but I’m not holding my breath.


17 posted on 03/04/2013 5:30:00 PM PST by Oldhunk
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To: LouAvul

If Jeb runs, I won’t vote. No way. No more RINOs, no more Bushes.


18 posted on 03/04/2013 5:30:49 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The bad news: This kind of strategic flip-flopping worked for Romney. He proclaimed himself to be “severely conservative” on the basis of having cynically repudiated pretty much everything he’d previously said along with what he’d done as Governor.

The good news: Romney’s unprecedented level of deceit, coupled with his defeat in November, have enlightened many of the Republicans who were willing to take him at face value. I don’t think Jeb will be able to pull a Romney.


19 posted on 03/04/2013 5:35:45 PM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeb Bush flip flops all the time.


20 posted on 03/04/2013 7:57:43 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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How pathetic. One of the GOP's most vocal enthusiasts for amnesty and open borders now backtracks because of his 2016 Presidential ambitions.

Once elected, does anyone doubt that he'll just follow in his brother's footsteps by supporting amnesty and lax border enforcement? Sadly, many will go for the con.

21 posted on 03/06/2013 7:46:44 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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