May 2, 2014


Jeb Bush raps federal lawmakers for inaction on immigration (Maeve Reston, May 2, 2014, LA Times)

After the Florida House on Friday gave final approval to a bill granting in-state tuition to the children of some immigrants in the country illegally, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush used the occasion to criticize Washington lawmakers -- including members of his own party -- for inaction on immigration reform. [...]

The bill had strong bipartisan support -- including from Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist. And it has been cited by some Republican leaders nationally as a bright spot for the GOP as they try to make inroads with Latino voters, who favored President Obama over Mitt Romney 71% to 27% in the 2012 election.

Once Scott signs the measure into law, Florida students will be able to pay in-state tuition rates regardless of their immigration status, as long as they have attended a Florida high school for three years and enroll within two years of graduation. They will now simply have to provide their high school transcript, rather than proof of a parent's residency, a requirement which had been impossible for some families in the country illegally.

In his statement, Bush said the change was "the right thing to do" and would help Florida capitalize on its talent, "making our future workforce more globally competitive than ever."

Though the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill last year, the legislation has stalled in the U.S. House because of resistance from some lawmakers. The White House has kept the pressure on, and Speaker John A. Boehner recently drew heat for mocking fellow lawmakers who have complained that the politics of the immigration overhaul were "too hard."

W went after Newt and company to start his campaign too.

Posted by at May 2, 2014 6:36 PM

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