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Jeb Bush promises immigration reform

The reform shall be passed, not brought upon by an executive order, he said.
The mention of the immigration subject detonated a standing ovation from the crowd, who immediately shouted "We want Jeb! We want Jeb!" (Photo: AP)
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The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, abandoned his speech today to offer an official immigration reform if he makes it to the White House in 2016, and put into question those who only seek changes through executive orders.

"Just so that our friends know, the next president of the United States will pass meaningful immigration reform so that will be solved, not by executive order," Bush said to cheers before hundreds of supporters, many of them Latino, that packed an auditorium at the Kendall campus of Miami-Dade Community College, in the heart of the Cuban exile.

Immigration reform was not included in the official speech distributed by the presidential campaign. But the mention of the subject detonated a standing ovation from the crowd, who immediately shouted "We want Jeb! We want Jeb!"

The former governor of Florida did not mention president Barack Obama in relation to the topic of immigration, but he was the one who authorized the executive actions in migration last November.

In his message, Bush accused the democrats of being responsible for the slowest economic recovery in history, as well as the increase in debt and taxes.

"Already, the choice is taking shape. The party now in the White House is planning a no-suspense primary, for a no-change election. To hold onto power. To slog on with the same agenda under another name: That's our opponents' call to action this time around. That's all they've got left," said 62-year-old Bush. "And you and I know that America deserves better."

He continued, "They have offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress. They are responsible for the slowest economic recovery ever, the biggest debt increases ever, a massive tax increase on the middle class, the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making."

Noting that the presidency should not be passed "from one liberal to the next," Bush said the country is on a very bad course.

"The question for me is: What am I going to do about it? And I have decided. I am a candidate for president of the United States," said Bush.

"With their phone-it-in foreign policy, the Obama-Clinton-Kerry team is leaving a legacy of crises uncontained, violence unopposed, enemies unnamed, friends undefended, and alliances unraveling," Bush continued.

He also addressed the Obama administration's renewed diplomatic ties with Cuba. Bush said the U.S. needs a president that would go to Havana in solidarity with a free Cuban people.

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