Jeb Bush Urges Fellow Conservatives to Back Immigration Reform, Citing Immigrant Fertility

I'm all for Jeb Bush's overall message on this, if not exactly convinced by some of his rationale. On Wednesday, Bush spoke at the Freedom and Faith Coalition's Road to the Majority Conference, encouraging fellow conservatives to back immigration reform. Why? Because “immigrants are more fertile, and they love families," said Bush, "and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”

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Maybe Bush is thinking about his own marriage to his wife, who is a Mexican-born immigrant, and with whom he has three children.

Questionable choice of words aside, the fact that Bush and other Republicans like Haley Barbour are urging their peers to "change the conversation" and its stance on immigration is a sign of progress. Bush and Barbour argue that the economy needs foreign workers to sustain an aging workforce.

“That is a winning conversation in conservative America for sure,” Bush said.