Excuse You? Jeb Bush Says “Fertile” Immigrants Future of Economy
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is said to be thinking about a 2016 presidential run, but we can’t help but think he may have lost a lot of support with some recent comments. NBC reports that in a pro-immigration reform speech given to the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C., he celebrated immigrants as the future of America. Why? Because they increase the workforce with all the kids they keep having.
Bush waxed poetic about the new people washing up on America’s shores. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.” He also mentioned that immigrants start more businesses than native-born Americans, another way they help boost the economy.
NBC noted that according to the Pew Research Center, immigrants do, in fact, have more children than native-born Americans. In 2010, about 23 percent of all children born in the United States were born to mothers who were born elsewhere in the world. And there is are statistics showing that immigrants do open more small businesses. However, it’s also important to note the birth rate among immigrants has dropped significantly.
The story of immigrants coming to the United States and pulling themselves up by their boot straps, achieving the American Dream has long been a part of political narrative. But Bush’s comments make it sound like immigrants are most valuable as breeders and that gets the side eye.
See more of the ham-handed speech: