Jeb Bush also helped Obama sell his education plan. (Politico)
Former Governor Jeb Bush urged the Republican House to pass immigration reform today.
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The U.S. House of Representatives should pass the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform package with a few additional requirements, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush co-wrote in an opinion piece.
The Republican reiterated his stance that immigration reform needs to be tailored to boost the ratio of visas issued for skilled workers and reduce those granted for family members beyond spouses and minor children.
“Family preferences crowd out the work-based immigration this country needs,” he co-wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal with Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute.
The authors chided rules that force foreign students to leave after graduating, rather than staying and contributing to the U.S. economy. “In both high- and low-skilled industries, the actual alternative to importing workers is not hiring more Americans but exporting jobs.”
Last week the Senate passed a bipartisan bill, which includes a pathway to citizenship for most of the country’s 11 million undocumented workers and tightens border security, in a 68-32 vote. About a third of Republicans supported the measure.
Jeb forgot to mention immigrants are more fertile than Americans.