The Smart Bush® continues to display the family talent for finding all the rakes in the room:
During a private event on Saturday in Iowa, the former Florida governor was asked, in Spanish, about President Barack Obama’s executive actions; in Spanish, he explained that he supported a path to citizenship for “DREAMers” but that it should be created by law rather than by decree, “because that’s like a Latin American dictator.”
Which of course begs the question of why Wingnuttia, which controls both houses of Congress doesn’t just do it, and the Latin Dictator remark seems sort of weird, but we digress. Anyway, NotChimpy was confronted by a DREAMER and impressively they had an exchange in what sounds like fluid Spanish. Asked later, what did he say in Spanish…
When reporters asked Bush later to clarify if he would repeal immigration-related executive actions such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents before a law could be passed, the former Florida governor sidestepped the question.
“We need to change the law,” he said.
“That’s exactly what I said this afternoon,” Bush said. “We need to do this by law, not by executive order.”
But here is the video of his encounter in Spanish, and here is the translation:
DREAMER: Will it be your priority to end DACA and DAPA?
BUSH: End what?
DREAMER: End DACA and DAPA.
BUSH: DACA? What is…
DREAMER: You said you would stop the president’s overreach. Are you referring to DACA and DAPA?
BUSH: (inaudible) We need to pass it as a law. (inaudible)
DREAMER: OK, so you have plans to end DACA and DAPA? To do away with those programs?
BUSH: DACA is for… the program for the DREAMers. No. Let’s give them priority to be citizens. But by the law, not by decree, because that’s like a Latin American dictator.
DREAMER: Yes but will you take away the programs? So for a person like me, who qualifies for DACA, you are going to take away all our opportunities?
BUSH: No. what I am saying is, I wrote a book…
DREAMER: Yes, but recently you said you were going to do away with that program, DACA.
BUSH: Exactly, and pass a law so there’s permanence. What DACA does is it’s only for two years, no more. The problem continues after that.
THWACK – Let’s give them priority to be citizens. That’s gonna leave a mark.