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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is defending his stance on immigration reform after accusations that he is backing down on helping undocumented workers find a path to citizenship.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, after the release of his book, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, critics pointed out that Bush seemed to imply that undocumented workers should be able to become permanent residents, not citizens. Bush has repeatedly stated in the past that he is in support of an immigration package that allows illegal immigrants to become citizens.
Bush told CBS’ Face the Nation, "I haven't changed. I support a path to legalization or citizenship so long as the path for people that have been waiting patiently is easier and costs less, the legal entrance to our country, than illegal entrance."
Bush stated in the interview that he believes the nation needs comprehensive immigration reform that does not make it easy for people to come into the country illegally. He said he is happy to see people like Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and the rest of the senators in a bipartisan group coming together on the issue of immigration.