“I’m going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. 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 a — it’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.” – Jeb Bush
2016 hopeful, Jeb Bush, laid it all out in the table with this quote when he appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday morning. Bush is part of an expanding coalition of Republicans with designs to secure a new demographic. The problem is, his logic is deeply flawed. Additionally, he is greatly out of his depth. If he actually believes he can outmaneuver the Democrats, he is sorely mistaken.
In the most basic sense, Jeb Bush wants one thing: voters. He sees an inevitability in amnesty that must be capitalized on before the Democrats can swoop in and take the prize. He believes that amnesty—and eventually voting rights—is something that cannot be fought, so rather than pushing against it, he has decided to run with it. I can’t know this for sure, but I am fairly certain. However, there is another option: he actually believes what he’s saying. He just thinks that illegal immigration isn’t a big deal, and shouldn’t be death with so harshly. Either way, he’s wrong, and here’s why.
In terms of the first perspective, Bush greatly underestimates the power of the Democrats. Generally speaking, the Hispanic population votes overwhelmingly Democrat. The closest Republicans have come to winning this demographic in a presidential election was in 2004, when George W. Bush secured 44% of the Hispanic vote. In addition to that, many who come here illegally are untrained, and unskilled workers, who often rely on government handouts to survive. The percentage of those who rely on government assistance, and who abuse it, are not going to vote for Republicans. They’re going to vote for the Party which gives them all the freebies. Once the takers outweigh the contributors, the balance will shift forever to the Democrat court. Republicans will never win, no matter how “nice” they are. Bush should know that.
Looking at the second perspective, Bush is trivializing law breaking. He dismisses the illegality of unlawful immigration because it stems from a need to survive. In essence, he is claiming that survival negates, or trumps the law. I’d like to know what else trumps the law in Bush’s eyes. Is stealing from the grocery store acceptable as long as it’s for survival? What about stealing money? Fraud…to survive? In his acceptance of law breaking, Bush is missing the point. He completely forgets about the impact illegal immigration has on our economy. It takes jobs from American citizens, and sucks money from the government, aka taxpayers. Survival—or an act of love, as Bush calls it—does not justify all the negative consequences. An exemption for survival is ludicrous.
Finally, above all else, it’s simply not fair to those who came here legally to allow law breakers to become citizens. It’s a slap in the face. This is one of several defining issues of the next election cycle. Be prepared for more of this nonsense. It’s going to get a lot worse.