On Wednesday, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush played up his border security plans when asked about the recent remarks GOP presidential hopeful and real estate mogul Donald Trump has been making about Mexican immigrants and about Bush’s Mexican born wife.
According to a report by Ed O’Keefe from the Washington Post, Bush said, “You can love the Mexican culture, you can love your Mexican-American wife and also believe that we need to control the border.”
Bush also clarified that he would emphasize border patrol:
“He added that he would push to deploy “forward-leaning border control agents” closer to the actual border; use new technologies, including drones, to monitor border traffic; and fix the E-Verify system and stop providing law enforcement funding to “sanctuary cities” that refuse to work with federal agencies to deport illegal immigrants.
As for the nation’s illegal immigrants, Bush said “I honestly think we need to provide a path to legalize status, not citizenship.””
Under President Obama, there has been the highest number of border patrol agents, and the administration has continued to implement the Secure Fence Act of 2006 which was signed by former President George W. Bush.
Jeb Bush’s rhetoric makes it sound like he would invest in more security measures than are already deployed at the border. According to an Associated Press report from last fall, unmanned Predator B drones monitor almost half of the southern border. Additionally, migration from Mexico has been on the decline in recent years.
A “path to legal status” is something that Bush has been advocating for since 2013. Back in 2012, Bush had indicated that he supported a path to citizenship as part of a comprehensive immigration reform.