Jeb Bush Echoes Mitt Romney: Calls for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants to Self Deport

United We Dream Press Releases

January 27, 2015

Jeb Bush Echoes Mitt Romney:
Calls for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants to Self Deport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a recent speech, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush provided more clarity on his immigration policy position by saying that forty percent of the undocumented population in the United States should be tracked down and “politely asked to leave.” Video of the previously unreported speech was released today by American Bridge.

His position echoes that of failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney who called for undocumented immigrants to “self deport”, and goes against his previous statement of calling immigration, “an act of love.” His remarks come on the heels of House Republican votes to put undocumented youth and parents back on the road to deportation and to militarize the border; and following Republican Congressman Steve King’s (R-IA) calling a Dreamer seated next to the First Lady “a deportable.”

Julieta Garibay, co-founder of United We Dream and deputy director of advocacy said,

“Jeb Bush’s immigration policy is becoming clear: self deportation with a smile. Despite his Spanish language skills and poetic talking points, the Bush policy looks like a warmed up version of Mitt Romney’s failed immigration agenda. While some hoped Bush might turn his party’s reputation around, telling Latino, Asian-American and immigrant families that they’ve got to get out is no way to win over the fastest growing demographic in America.

“Dreamers and the immigrant community fought for the opportunity to stay in the country we call home and pressured the President to take executive action to protect millions of people from deportations. Over 600,000 young people are already protected and millions more are set to benefit in the next year. The country has finally started moving forward on immigration and our community will not let Jeb Bush or the GOP to drag us backwards.

“My message for Governor Bush is that were he to knock on my door and politely ask me to leave, my answer would be ‘no’.”