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Bush on Obama's Immigration Action: 'That's Not Leadership'

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 06:04 PM

Republican Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who is considering running for president next year, questioned the leadership of President Barack Obama when it comes to immigration reform on Tuesday.

Bush took to Facebook to vent his frustrations with Obama's executive action last November that effectively granted amnesty to as many as 5 million people currently living in the United States illegally.

Bush said the president must work with the Republican-controlled House and Senate to come up with a better solution to the growing immigration problem.

"Now, more than ever, we need President Obama to work with Congress to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system," Bush wrote.

Late Monday, a federal judge in Texas issued a ruling that temporarily blocked Obama's executive action on immigration. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, said the administration had not complied with procedure.

Texas is leading a group of 26 states that has sued the Obama administration over the immigration order, saying it violates the Constitution. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, applauded Monday's court decision in a statement released by his office.

"President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen's decision rightly stops the president's overreach in its tracks," Abbott said. "We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the president's attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked today.

"The District Court's ruling is very clear — it prevents the president from implementing the policies in 'any and all aspects.'"

Bush said earlier this month the immigration issue is "a huge opportunity … not a problem."

"While the political fights go on, we're missing this opportunity. I view fixing a broken system as a huge opportunity to get to that four percent growth," Bush said. "We can grow by 4 percent through all sorts of policies, but immigration has to be a part of it."

In the past, Bush has pledged support for providing a path for illegals to gain U.S. citizenship.

"For people who have no country to go back to, which are many of the Dreamers, it's ridiculous to think that there shouldn't be some accelerated path to citizenship," Bush said in one video.

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