The third member of the Bush political dynasty was in Atlanta for fundraising efforts and to wolf down a hotdog and slurpy at the famous Varsity restaurant in Midtown Atlanta.
Bush, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, blasted Donald Trump’s wide-sweeping and controversial plan to deport millions of illegal immigrants.
Metro Atlanta and Georgia has a large population of Mexican immigrants, both legal and undocumented. During the press conference, this is what Bush, who is married to a Hispanic woman, had to say:
“I’m opposed to changing something that’s already embedded in the Constitution.”
“I’ve written a book about it. I have a plan on how you secure the border. We need to create a path to earned legal status. That’s the thoughtful way of dealing with this. What Mr. Trump has proposed will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. It will disrupt communities. Isn’t feasible, isn’t practical.
“It appeals to people’s legitimate anger. They feel that Barack Obama hasn’t been fulfilling his duties of enforcing the law. But we now need plans and solutions to fix these things. This immigration issue has been part of the political landscape for years and years. It’s time to fix it, and I know how to do it.”
Bush said he is a fan of Gov. Nathan Deal’s solution to the failing school situation in Georgia. Next year, Deal is putting on the ballot a measure for voters to decide whether to implement the “Opportunity School Districts,” which would give the governor control of such schools:
“I respect Governor Deal’s position on this. I think it’s the right thing. We should have very little tolerance for failure. Because we know what the result will be. Instead of going to college or instead of being able to get a job, kids are going to be drifting. They’re not going to be able to get a job.
“We should have no tolerance for the abject failure that occasionally takes place. The soft bigotry of low expectations is one of the great dangers in America today.
“We just keep lowering expectations now, where kids languish with horrific learning results. Look at Ferguson. Look at Baltimore. Look at the places where there is such despair. What you’ll find is that education outcomes are far, far below neighborhoods where kids are living in intact families and they’re doing fine.”