Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke at Amherst College Tuesday night. The 2016 presidential hopeful spoke to students about immigration policy, but did not go so far as to criticize President Donald Trump.
In a week when President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning refugees, and immigration from some countries, Bush was offering much different ideas. He said welcoming immigrants is a great tradition of this country.
Bush used his own family as an example, describing one of his granddaughters’ heritage:
“She’s a Canadian-Iraqi-Texas-Mexican-American, very common in our country and something we should celebrate,” he said.
Bush took just a few questions from students and none from reporters.
He said some of President Trump’s executive orders have been “not so good” — without specifying which ones.
Bush said he didn’t vote for Trump, but praised several of his cabinet picks and said the new commander in chief deserves the benefit of the doubt.