By: John Hayward
4/22/2014 08:59 AM
A battle line within the GOP is drawn a bit more sharply, as Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a member of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform group, declared on Facebook that he agreed with former Florida governor and possible presidential contender Jeb Bush’s description of illegally crossing the United States border as an “act of love”:
A few weeks ago, Jeb Bush made a statement that has garnered a great deal of attention. He noted that for some illegal immigrants, crossing the border could be considered an “act of love” because it was motivated by a desire to feed and care for their families.
I’ve been asked what I think of this statement. Truth is, I agree with Jeb, and I applaud him for having the guts to say it. Growing up here in Arizona, I’ve seen what motivates those who come here illegally. Sure, some come with the intent to do harm or simply to take advantage of our generosity. But many come to find work to feed their families. To lump everyone who crosses the border illegally into the same class is unfair and unproductive.