Fiorina Emphasizes Stark Differences From Bush

During an appearance on CNBC yesterday, Carly Fiorina emphasized the clear policy differences between Jeb Bush and herself, specifically on Common Core and immigration reform. Fiorina had this to say: Well, I don’t support his notions around comprehensive immigration reform, for example. I think we have to get some basic things done right first, which we’ve never done, like secure the border, like fix the legal immigration system. I think Common Core is a really bad idea. It is a giant bureaucratic program, and we have demonstrated over forty years that the Department of Education can get bigger and bigger

Rubio Lays Out Plan for Addressing Undocumented Workers

Last Friday, Marco Rubio appeared at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington DC and was asked to discuss his views on, and plan for, immigration. He was first asked about the Gang of Eight bill, and his previous work on immigration legislation: I believed that if we didn’t do something to preempt him, the President would sign an executive order granting amnesty to six or seven million people, after what he had done on DACA for minors, and that’s exactly what’s happened. And I do think that’s a dynamic that has changed the entire equation for two reasons: Since that,

Huckabee Wows Hispanic Evangelicals

At the same forum where, speaking English and Spanish, Jeb Bush promised to fix a broken immigration system, Mike Huckabee made a different appeal to Hispanic evangelicals: “I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish,” Gov. Huckabee, said during an appearance at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “But I do speak a common language. I speak Jesus.” Emphasizing his blue collar background (his father was a fireman, his mom a gas company clerk),  Huckabee said a border fence was not a negative: ““If I were a person immigrating here, I would want to know

Bush Takes on National Review on Immigration

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, responded to National Review’s criticism of his position favoring a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants by saying: “I love you… I just think you are wrong on immigration”. Unlike many politicians, who flip flop with the political winds, Jeb Bush keeps coming forward and staying consistent on his pro-immigration reform stance, which nowadays seems as an odd position within official and non-official pre-presidential Republican candidates. The National Journal even refers to Bush as “a moderate outlier” just for defending his immigration position versus an array of ideas coming from most of the other Republican pre-candidates,

Bush: “We have to fix a broken immigration system”

Jeb Bush recently appeared at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and discussed education and immigration reform. Governor Bush first discussed education: And we put accountability into schools. We grade schools A, B, C, D, and F, so there was no hiding behind failing schools. We created the most ambitious school choice programs, both public and private. We expanded early childhood activities. 100 percent, or 80 percent at least, of the vouchers that went for four year olds to go to literacy-based programs, went to church based schools. We created—we ended social promotion, we rewarded teachers when they did a

Immigration, Wages, and Scott Walker

Unsurprisingly, Scott Walker is drawing a good deal of criticism for his comments on immigration last week, much of it from fellow conservatives.  The Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh, The Daily Caller’s Matt K. Lewis, The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, and The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board all took Walker to task for his comments, which, as I noted last week, implied support for a decrease in legal immigration. Even Ted Cruz, no stranger to tough rhetoric on the issue, responded to a question on Walker’s comments by reaffirming his own support for legal immigration and his appreciation for the many

Yet Another About-Face For Walker on Immigration

I noted here recently that most of the GOP candidates appeared to be converging around a similar stance on immigration, one which focused on securing the border and then providing a path to legal status for the undocumented.  Based on some recent comments, however, Scott Walker would seem to be bucking this trend, and not in a good way. Walker appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show on Monday, where he was asked about his views on immigration.  He argued for the need to secure the border and to enforce the law by requiring American employers to use an “effective E-Verify system,” both proposals

Lindsey Graham: No “Hired Help” Approach on Immigration

I am pleased to report one of the most refreshing comments I’ve heard on immigration reform this cycle.  Senator Lindsey Graham, already known for his support for immigration reform, gave a strong defense of the border security measures in the 2013 “comprehensive reform” bill that passed the Senate but later foundered in Congress: We did everything but put alligators [at the southern border]. We literally militarized the border… I’m not sure I agree with “literally militarized,” but the benchmarks put forward in the bill were pretty strict.  In fact, most opposition to the bill focused less on the air tightness