George W. Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush, could not seem to mount a serious campaign for the presidency in 2016. However, that hasn’t stopped the failed presidential candidate and former Governor of Florida from re-entering the political landscape.
In a recent interview, he suggested that those who are interested in better immigration controls are “threatened” by a perception that the United States was becoming “less white.” His statement was frankly bigoted and unfair to hundreds of thousands of naturalized immigrants to the U.S.A.
He also said that illegal alien crime received too much attention compared to crime committed by citizens in the United States.
The former governor seemed to fail to realize that there’s a difference between crime committed by people who are, for better or worse, natural-born or naturalized citizens of the United States, and crimes that could have been avoided by enforcing border law.
He complained that the republicans were “restricting legal immigration,” or advocating that such should be done in order to ensure that businesses don’t hire people from outside the United States when there are perfectly acceptable candidates within the country.
Bush also complained that cable news stations seemed to spend more time talking about crimes committed by illegal immigrants than they did crime committed by American citizens.
Of course, Bush’s statement completely ignored that, in recent years, the number of immigrants that the United States took in from the third world, specifically the Islamic world, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, skyrocketed.
The statement made by the former Florida governor, who is married to an immigrant, also ignored American history.
America experienced an immigration boom at the start of the twentieth century, one that stretched from 1900 to 1920.
After 1920, in order to ensure that immigrants assimilated and didn’t simply section themselves off in dedicated ethnic areas, the United States instituted a moratorium on immigration to the country.
According to Breitbart, between 1925 and 1966, the number of legal immigrants in the United States did not exceed 327,000 for any year.
Currently, nearly half of the residents in the nation’s top five largest cities speak a foreign language at home.
The foreign-born population has grown to record levels, and now makes up nearly 14 percent of the population of the country.
In 2016, African American individuals made up 12.7 percent of the population, with 40.8 million people in the country.
Obviously, the United States doesn’t appear to have a problem with helping people out, or with allowing in refugees or other individuals who need America’s help, or who can contribute to the nation’s betterment.
Perhaps many Americans who do not like the leftist political class’s claimed ideals, such as their desire to disband United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol are not the ‘racists’ that Jeb Bush believed them to be.
Maybe they’re just people who see stories about illegal immigrants who received deferential treatment in ‘sanctuary’ cities and then went on to kill innocent bystanders like Kathryn Steinle.
Some may even be concerned with issues like the allegedly Islamic extremist camp that was built in New Mexico, near the Colorado border, or the way that there are parts of California where it’s considered ‘exclusionary’ to celebrate the American flag, but the Mexican flag is a source of pride.
Almost everyone agrees that what made the United States great for centuries was that people came to it with the intention that they would live an ‘American’ life, and become part of ‘American’ society. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, in many situations.
While Bush, who grew up in a wealthy family removed from the concerns of the average person, seemed to suggest that anyone who dared to want some sort of border enforcement was a racist, it seems much more likely that people are simply unhappy that the country is allowing in, en masse, people who would rather bring third world culture to the United States than adapt to the society of the world’s only superpower.