In a video-taped conversation with an immigration activist, Republican former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that while he believed in giving “DREAMers” a path to citizenship, President Barack Obama’s executive orders granting de facto legalization to millions of illegal immigrants was akin to the actions of a “Latin American dictator.”
The conversation, which took place entirely in Spanish, was caught on camera and posted to YouTube by a staffer for the liberal Christian outlet Sojourners, run by Obama faith advisor Jim Wallis. In a separate video, the activist identified herself as Monica Reyes, with the pro-amnesty organization DREAMIowa, and provides an English translation. (VIDEO: Former Obama Faith Advisor: Tim Scott’s Selma Statement Has Civil Rights Heroes ‘Rolling In Their Grave’)
REYES: Will you prioritize the termination of the DACA & DAPA programs?
BUSH: DACA is… Which one is DACA?
REYES: You said that you would undo President Obama’s overreach. Are you referring to DACA and DAPA?
BUSH: Exactly, and pass them as a law instead of how it has been done.
REYES: So you do have plans to end DACA and DAPA.
BUSH: DACA is, which one… the one that deals with Dreamers. We ought to give Dreamers priority towards citizenship, but through a law not through a decree – something a Latin American dictator would do.
REYES: But you would terminate the programs. So a person like me who qualified for DACA would be left out and without any opportunities.
BUSH: No. What I am saying is that — I wrote a book — this is totally illegal.
REYES: Yes, but, you recently said that you would dismantle both programs.
BUSH: Exactly, and pass a bill that would allow for a permanent solution. What DACA does it that it only allows for two years. That makes no sense.