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Jeb Bush Rolls Out Immigration Reform Plan With Focus On Border Security

After Mr. Obama's announcement of executive action, the face of immigration could become far more complex.
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Former Florida Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has unveiled an immigration reform plan.  Bush posted details of his proposal to the social media website medium.com, and it features a pathway to citizenship.


Under his plan, Bush says the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. could earn legal status by passing a criminal background check, paying a fine and learning English. He says undocumented immigrants would not be allowed to use government assistance and adds any immigration reform, must be accompanied by increasing U.S. boarder security.

The former Florida governor says federal funds should also be withheld from so-called sanctuary cities that ignore requests to detain undocumented immigrants. Bush has made immigration reform a tenant of his campaign. Two years ago, an immigration reform bill providing a pathway to citizenship failed in the U.S. Congress. It was initially supported by fellow GOP presidential candidate and Florida son, Marco Rubio. He later withdrew his support.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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