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Tags: Trump Administration | Donald Trump | GOP2016 | Immigration | Jeb Bush | jeb bush | immigration

Jeb Bush Visits Border to Push 'Serious' Immigration Reform

Jeb Bush Visits Border to Push 'Serious' Immigration Reform
(Wire services)

By    |   Monday, 24 August 2015 01:55 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will conduct a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, not only to meet with local officials to discuss immigration policy, but to contrast his position on the issue with that of Donald Trump.

Bush is the "only candidate in the presidential field who has put forward a serious, conservative, comprehensive set of solutions to fix our broken immigration system," the campaign told reporters in its briefing, according to The Washington Post.

"His plan stands in stark contrast to the $500 billion+ plan offered by Donald Trump," it said.

A post on Bush's Twitter feed punctuated the point: "His massive inconsistencies aside, @realDonaldTrump's immigration plan is not conservative and does not reflect our nation's values."

The comments are the latest in a Bush offensive over the last few weeks questioning Trump's conservative credentials.

"Mr. Trump doesn't have a proven conservative record. He was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican. He has given more money to Democrats than he's given to Republicans," Bush said during a town hall event in New Hampshire last week.

"But hundreds of billions of dollars of costs to implement his [immigration] plans is not a conservative plan," Bush added, according to the Post. "This is going to be my pitch: let's support someone who you don't have to guess where he stands because he's consistent, because he's been governor, he's consistently had the views that he has."

Donald Trump visited the border last month to highlight border security issues. Earlier this month he released a controversial immigration reform plan that calls for the deportation of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.

But Bush courted his own controversy when he introduced the term "anchor baby" to respond to Trump's call to end birthright citizenship. The term is used to describe children born in the United States to illegal immigrants with the intention of conferring U.S. citizenship.

Bush has said he believes that anyone born in the United States should receive American citizenship.

During Monday's visit to McAllen, Texas, Bush intends to emphasize his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, the Post reported.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday to meet with local officials to discuss immigration policy and, pointedly, to contrast his position on the issue with that of Donald Trump.
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