Jeb Bush: Illegal Immigration is Not a Felony, It's an Act of Love

Sarah Jean Seman

4/6/2014 9:30:00 PM - Sarah Jean Seman

Immigrants coming into the United States illegally are acting out of love, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on Fox News Sunday.

Bush explained:

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 family's dad who loves 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 kind of, it's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that's a different kind of crime that should be, there should be a price paid, but it shouldn't be -- it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.

There are nearly 11.7 million undocumented aliens in the United States. These immigrants could be making a contribution to the country if America were better organized, Bush claimed.

Vice President Joe Biden expressed a similar opinion to Bush's at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Legislative Summit in March:

These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to contribute fully...All they want—they just want a decent life for their kids, a chance to contribute to a free society, a chance to put down roots and help build the next great American century. I really believe that. That’s what they’re fighting for.

Biden went so far as to say that these illegal immigrants are already American citizens. Bush, on other hand, advocated for comprehensive reform which would include an enculturation of American values and civics, as well as learning the English language.

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