Jeb Bush may have been speaking to conservative Christians, but he wasn’t preaching to the choir.
His pitch to grow the economy by providing amnesty for illegal immigrants was met with silence in a packed room at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” Conference.
The Republican former governor of Florida may not have helped his case by stating, “Immigrants are more fertile and they love families,” which appeared to confuse the audience.
Bush presented a four-point economic plan that justified amnesty by arguing America needs more taxpayers to pay for the retirement benefits of the aging baby boomer generation.
Immigrants bring a younger population and “create far more businesses than native-born Americans over the last 20 years,” claimed the brother of former President George W. Bush.
“We’re going to have fewer workers taking care of a larger number of people the country has a social contract with to be able to allow them to retire with dignity and purpose,” said the long-time proponent of a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
Bush recommended more legal immigration to add more taxpaying citizens to the workforce to pay for boomers depending on government support, because, “We cannot do that with the fertility rates that we have in our country. We’re below break-even today.”
“The one way that we can rebuild the demographic pyramid is to fix a broken immigration system to allow for people to come and learn English and play by our rules, to embrace our values and to pursue their dreams in our country with a vengeance to create more opportunities for all of us,” Bush said.
“This is a conservative idea,” he insisted. “If we do this we will rebuild our country in a way that will allow us to grow. If we don’t do it we will be in decline, since productivity of this country is dependent upon young people who are equipped to work hard,” he said.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told WND this week the amnesty plan currently in the Senate is identical to the plan of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., pushed by George W. Bush during his presidency.
She also said her constituents were more outraged by that piece of legislation than any other she’s ever seen, including Obamacare.
The Senate killed that amnesty plan in 2007.
In 2002, Patrick Buchanan wrote in WND the McCain plan would have been a disaster for low-income workers who would have lost their jobs to even lower-paid immigrants.