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Jeb Bush has a plan to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws

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Jeb and son George P. Bush (Photo from Politico)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has a plan for securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws. Listen to what he says, not to the false information that is being pushed on social media. Here are the facts right in this piece by Jeb that is based on a book he wrote two years ago with attorney Clint Bolick, vice president of litigation at the Goldwater Institute (see Jeb Bush’s conservative immigration agenda).

Securing the Border and Enforcing Our Immigration Laws
By Jeb Bush

When Clint Bolick and I published Immigration Wars in 2013, we presented a number of proposals to strengthen America’s immigration policy. Border security and the interior enforcement of immigration laws, including a greater role for states, formed key parts of this package of reforms. We emphasized that finding a practical solution to the status of the people who are here illegally today is a nonstarter if our borders are not secure against future illegal immigration.

I believe that for those already in the country, we need to put in place a rigorous path that requires individuals to pass a thorough criminal background check, pay fines, pay taxes, learn English, obtain a provisional work permit and work, not receive federal government assistance, and over an extended period of time earn legal status. But any plan to address the status of illegal immigrants must be accompanied by a robust strategy to improve border security.

Securing the border is possible, but it will require Washington to move beyond divisive rhetoric. The following six proposals offer concrete steps that the federal government should take to help secure the border and enforce our immigration laws. We must transform immigration from a broken system into one that benefits every American.
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The doctor, my mom, W, and Jeb!

Jeb 2016 logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s hot today in the Shenandoah Valley — 91 degrees at mid-afternoon — but while talking with my mom in early afternoon I sat on the front porch in the rocking chair getting caught up with her on all kinds of family news. As the warm breeze moved through the river birch leaves, I listened as Mom talked about a recent doctor appointment with a physician who has been one of her health care providers for many years.

Fifteen years ago she arrived at his office wearing a “George W. Bush for President 2000” pin on her shirt, probably not even realizing she had it because she wore it everywhere to show her support. The doctor, who has kind of a dry personality and is very low-key, never mentioned the button as their appointment progressed. As he examined Mom, he said, “Has there been any new pain there, and do you think he can win?” Just like that, just a question asking if she thought GWB could win tacked onto the end of his sentence.

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