Conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer criticized comments made by former Gov. Jeb Bush that immigration was an act of love, calling them “kind of bizarre” and “leading with your chin.”
The Fox News commentator also predicted that Bush might be surprised by the reaction his statements will provoke later on if (or when) the Republican enters the 2016 presidential race, reports Tal Kopan of Politico.
In an interview with Fox, bush said illegal immigration should not be considered a felony, but as “an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”
“I grant him the complete sincerity and honesty of his view,” Krauthammer said, “He’s always had that kind of approach.”
Many hopeful immigrants care for family and children just as much, he added, but wait for their turn when entering the United States. The problem is 11 million people who “jumped the fence” and entered America illegally.
“I believe in immigration, but I believe that we set the parameters and criteria for who gets in,” Krauthammer told Fox News. “If we’re ever going to have a solution to the immigration problem, and I believe in legalization, it will only happen when a Republican stands up and says, ‘Yes, we will legalize, but we’re not going to get swindled like Reagan in ’86 with a promise of closing the borders.’ You close the border, you prevent the compassionate parents who want to better the lives of their children but who want to jump the fence, and then you legalize the 11 million who are here.”