Possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush reportedly said that entering the country illegally can be an “act of love.” I’ve got to wonder, does anyone actually dispute that? Many of the people who come across the border into this country are clearly doing it for their families.
The Daily Caller reports:
“There are means by which we can control our border better than we have and there should be penalties for breaking the law,” the former Republican Florida governor argued during an interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream from the George H.W. Bush presidential library in College Station, Texas. ”But the way I look at this — and this is not, you know, 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, you know, a dad who loved their children was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they, you know, 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 an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”
I know some people are outraged over this comment but I personally don’t see why this is controversial. I also don’t see why declaring it an act of love makes it legal. I could think of several acts of love that should not be legal. If someone steals bread to feed a hungry child, we don’t advocate theft on a grand scale.
I think the problem some are having with Jeb’s comments is because they know he’s not really for securing the border at all and is pro-amnesty. So his declaring border jumping an act of love seems conveniently political and just another way to shame those who wish to secure the border.