Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, kicked off his presidential campaign on Monday at Miami Dade College, introducing himself to a diverse crowd of attendees.
"Our country is on a very bad course," he told the crowd. "And the question is: what are we going to do about it? 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."
However, as NBC Latino notes, Bush omit any mention of immigration from his campaign announcement. That changed, however, when he spotted a group of activists wearing shirts that spelled "Legal status is not enough."
"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," he told the crowd. Bush, like other Republicans, has been critical of President Barack Obama's dependence on executive orders to shield some undocumented immigrations from deportation.
The president's first deportation relief program, the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) has allowed more than 660,000 undocumented people who came to the United States as children to stay and work legally on a temporary basis. In November, Obama announced plans to expand DACA and implement a deferred action program to shield almost five million immigrants from deportation. However, both of the programs have been temporarily blocked by the courts.
Bush, whose wife, Columba Bush, immigrated to the United States from Mexico, supports a pathway to legal status for immigrants.
The son and brother of former presidents joins a growing field of Republican presidential candidates that includes former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Flordia Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and more.