George P. Bush ‘concerned’ about GOP immigration stance
July 10th, 2012
03:44 PM ET
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George P. Bush ‘concerned’ about GOP immigration stance

(CNN) – George P. Bush, nephew of George W. Bush and grandson of George H. W. Bush, said he has “reservations” and “concerns” about the Republican Party’s rhetoric on immigration.

In a sit-down with CNN reporters and producers Tuesday, Bush said that he and other Republicans wish the party would “return to George W. Bush on this issue,” referring to the former president’s bipartisan push to reform the nation’s immigration policy.

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But with Election Day fast approaching, Bush said it’s probably too late for Republicans to pivot away from the party’s conservative base and seize the political high ground on the immigration issue.

“I am a pessimist as to the timing right now,” said Bush, a co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and a fluent Spanish speaker.

Mitt Romney - who got himself into hot water during the Republican primary for promoting the idea of ‘self-deportation’ - has yet to detail a full set of immigration plans but promises to address the matter in a “civil and resolute” manner if he were to become president.

President Obama made waves in June on the hot-button immigration issue, when he issued an executive order allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States without fear of deportation, a move seen by many as an attempt to shore up support among Hispanic voters.

Bush said he sees the nation’s growing Latino population as an “opportunity” for his party to gain some ground with voters, saying that many consider themselves independents, even though polling shows that Democrats have a huge lead among Hispanic voters.

Asked about his own political future, Bush said he has “no specific plans” to run for office.

“I have been asked to look at offices in Texas,” said Bush, offering that his wife “would be perfectly content if I didn’t run.”

“I love politics,” said Bush. “I can’t get it out of my blood.”

Bush is pushing other politically like-minded young adults to rally for the party with his political action committee, Maverick PAC.

The organization hopes to bring in a modest $2 million in fundraising through grassroots support rather than from traditional big money contributors, even though the group has an affiliated Super PAC targeting deeper-pocketed GOP donors.

“We are building a member base that will last well into perpetuity,” said Jay Zeidman, national co-chair of MavPAC.

MavPAC supports young, Republican candidates like Ohio Senate hopeful Josh Mandel and Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock.

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Filed under: George P. Bush • GOP • Immigration • Latinos
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. mcskadittle

    This "illegal" issue really has grown into a big racist mess for the republicans

    July 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. 1twinsfan

    Is P. one of the Hispanic Bush family members? For all of their downfalls, I will credit the Bush family with being aware that a lot of Hispanics aren't illegal much less immigrants.

    July 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. drake mallard

    George P. Bush, Jeb’s son, was busted for burglary and criminal mischief in Florida when he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and drove his Ford Explorer across the home’s front lawn. George P. avoided arrest.

    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment to get Green Card

    Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican

    George Bush's War: Father and Son=iraq

    no more bush please

    July 10, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    We should not vote for another Bush for 200 or more years. 2 was too many.

    July 10, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. ja

    the gop primary goal is to block or stop any measure obama puts forth except war and bombs, then they are in agreement, the immigraton issue will reelect obama, the gop is dysfunctional today, in past it was unheard of for people such as trump, palin, and limbaugh to represent as they do

    July 10, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    But what's different from when Dubya was POTUS, you ask?

    Did you notice that the current POTUS is a black dude? Did you notice that 90% of the population growth in TX over the past decade was hispanic? Have you seen the birth rate numbers for whites versus minorities in Amurika? The list goes on and on and on...Voter ID, wishing Medicaid dead, refusal to grant reasonable paths to citizenship as part of immigration reform....IT ALL POINTS TO ONE THING: A LARGE PART, PERHAPS THE MAJORITY, OF THE GOP BASE FEARS THE BROWNING OF AMURIKA AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR "THEIR" ABILITY TO CONTROL THE COUNTRY AND ITS RESOURCES.

    July 10, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    How many times do you think David Koch drops the n-bomb on a daily basis? Anyone?

    July 10, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |

    No more Bushes!!! Prescott's reign of terror on the American people ends with Dubya.

    July 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Larry L

    If the immigrants were coming from England would Republicans object? Really?

    July 10, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Justin

    if you are breaking the law you should be stopped plain and simple. I have to follow the laws and so should they. Illegal immigrants need to deported/penalized for breaking the laws. There is no race of illegal immigrants.....they all need to be prevented from breaking the law. how can it be called racist?

    July 10, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    'Self deport' tells a lot about the GOP candidate for president. Since Mittens' dad was born in Mexico, Mittens would have to make sure he was gone too.

    July 10, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. stars

    Hey Pee Bush it to late we want forget the racist gop just as the blacks and the jews and the poor white the smart poor white not the dumb white there is no hope for them.

    July 10, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    It is very simple. Protect and defend the borders. Give illegals 6 months to head back to their native country, no questions asked. After 6 months, if you are here illegally, you will spend one year in prison, after which you wil lbe deported (your illegla family will already be deported and waiting for you back home). If you are arrested here a second time and every time thereafter, you will spend 10 years in prison then deported. All 10 YEARS will be spent in government run farms where you will work to pay for your confinement.

    July 10, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Sorensen

    Obviously a bright, young man. He should have more reservations of a lot more of GOP's "policies", including Romney!!

    July 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. pbernasc

    Republicans are doomed

    July 10, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    George P. Bush should be worried about the GOP's stance on immigration; if he were driving on a road in Arizona, he'd be pulled over and ordered to show his papers (you know, for "driving while brown-skinned").

    July 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Laverne

    The republicans don't like immigrants, blacks, jews, gays, women, poor people, healthcare for all! It truly has become the "white men only club".

    July 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    I remember when his grandfather, GHW Bush, was on TV and, in pointing out him and his siblings to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, referred to them as "The little brown ones." (search it if you don't believe me ...)

    July 10, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Gurgyl with this later. Ok.

    July 10, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. curious

    Geoge H.W. Bush ran on a platform of a kinder gentler republican party. You see where that got him, retired.

    July 10, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Didn't his own grandfather, #41, called him the brown one?-

    July 10, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Independent For President Obama

    @ThinkAgain, I remember it clearly. He said these are my grandchildren the little brown ones. My daughter was in grade school at the time and said why did the President say that about his grandchildren. I really think President George W. Bush was one of the more emphatic republicans toward latinos and illegal immigrants than what we have today representing the republican party.

    July 10, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. realitychecks

    Considering the U.S. is stolen land,why is it so terrible for immigrants to come here? We did....illegally,so why cant they register as they come in. No citizenship, but can pay their taxes? it,s as usual political, no common sense in the republican party.

    July 10, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Romney is not My Hero

    " Bush, a co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and a fluent Spanish speaker."

    Note to the Editor – Please make a correction. None of the words above belong in the same sentence. Signed GOP

    July 10, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Person of Interest

    Still don't get how if you are any type of minority (I'm not) whether it be black, hispanic, asian, arab, etc. (gays confuse me most of all) how you could be a republican. The GOP doesn't care about equal rights under the law, they want their rights and will step on whoever else's rights they feel they need to in order get theirs.

    July 10, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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