For a long time, Jeb Bush was a moderate on immigration. In June 2012, he supported a pathway to citizenship when he was on the Charlie Rose show. According to the Huffington Post, he said, "You have to deal with this issue...You can't ignore it, and so either a path to citizenship, which Iwould support -- and that does put me probably out of the mainstream of most conservatives -- or ... a path ... to residency of some kind."
But in his new book, coauthored with Clint Bolick, that is to be released today, he is now talking about how one can't go too easy on undocumented immigrants. Here he is flip-flopping on the path to citizenship while talking to Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
Honestly, I don't know what Bush is thinking and this is a head-scratcher for me. He was among those in the GOP who felt Romney shot himself in the foot with his draconian "self-deportation" stance on immigration. He has advocated that the GOP reach out to Latinos. Pundits are speculating that he is positioning himself for a GOP primary run in 2016 against Rubio by running to the right of Rubio (because running to the right worked out so well for McCain and Romney before?).
But most will not be able to distinguish the hair-splitting differences between his stance and Romney's position on immigration. Jeb Bush would support a path to citizenship only for DREAM ACT eligible minors. But the kicker is that Bush, distinguishing himself from Rubio, does not support a path to citizenship for any of the others in the undocumented population. Rubio is looking moderate by comparison.