Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) said that he would overturn President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaProgressives say go big and make life hard for GOP Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews Jill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia MORE’s controversial executive actions on immigration.
In an interview Tuesday, he said federal courts might strike down Obama’s actions giving millions of immigrants legal status — but if they did not he said he would act.
“Yes I would, it’s possible that by the time the next president arrives the court will overturn those,” Bush said of Obama’s executive actions from 2012 and 2014. He made the comments on the Michael Medved Show.
“This concept of prosecutorial discretion, which is what he’s used as the basis for these executive orders, is to look at cases on a case by case basis. He’s had millions of people basically by the stroke of a pen being given temporary status.”
Bush said that the right way to fix the nation’s immigration problems is through legislation.
A group of 26 states have sued the president, claiming that his immigration actions in 2014 are unconstitutional.
A federal judge has already temporarily blocked the program, which would allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work.
Bush said that he’d undue a slew of Obama’s executive orders his first week in office.
His tough talk comes as he faces criticism from the GOP base that he’s not tough enough on immigration.
Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), another GOP candidate for president, both favor a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally, something many conservatives regard as “amnesty.”