Arguing that the United States is "a nation of immigrants", former Florida governor Jeb Bush made the case for a major change in immigration policy at Monday night's Siouxland Chamber Dinner.
That was one of four steps Bush believes the country should take to focus on a bright future.
On immigration, Bush says the U-S should enforce existing laws, but also to allow immigrants-- who graduate from college-- to stay. Bush would expand visas for immigrants who want to fill jobs that Americans are unwilling to fill. But, Bush says, the biggest challenge is to find a solution to deal with millions in the U.S. illegally. "You can't ignore lawbreakers," he said, but you can't put people on a path to citizenship "at the back of the line.
Bush also wants to put together what he calls a "patriotic energy policy"... using domestic sources like oil from "fracking". He also would consider opening the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. And, to pump the crude to refineries, Bush would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. But, what Bush considers "the coolest thing in the world" is mining of domestic natural gas. He claims the U.S. is sitting on a 100-to-150 year reserve of natural gas... the mining of which could create a lot of jobs.
But, perhaps the linchpin of Bush's plan is improving education. Bush says he has a record of improving Florida's once-failing schools. He suggests holding schools accountable for student performance, engaging parents, and putting a focus on literacy.
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