Jeb Bush: Decrease Chances of Terrorist Attacks Through Immigration Law Changes

Jeb Bush: Decrease Chances of Terrorist Attacks Through Immigration Law Changes

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush believes the U.S. can avoid a terrorist attack like the one that hit Paris last week by making some changes to its immigration laws, Fox News Latino reports.

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According to the former Florida governor, these assaults occur because the perpetrators are oftentimes made to feel like "second-class citizens."

"A set of shared values defines our citizenship, and if you enforce the laws properly and allow that to be the defining element of our society, you won't have the kinds of problems that Paris now has, where enclaves exist of people that are second-class citizens and the despair and the hatred that has built up over time occurs in those pockets that exist where people may have a French passport, may be a French citizen, but they're not really French," Bush said at a closed-door fundraiser in Texas on Monday.

The GOP candidate also said that "America doesn't do it that way and restoring that with the proper immigration policy is something that I think is important."

During the event, attended by former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura, Bush also took some time to throw shade at his Republican competitors, particularly Marco Rubio, saying that his rivals are "in the witness protection program" for flip-flopping on their stance on immigration reform.

Unlike them, however, Bush insists that his supporters do not have to worry about him changing his views on immigration for a boost in the polls.

"Every other candidate, maybe with the exception of [Ohio Gov.] John Kasich, is in the witness protection program, because they sense the anger and they're worried about it," Bush said. "So they pull back rather than persuade. I'm not going to do that."

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According to the news site, Bush has seen a decline in the polls in recent days, with contenders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Rubio all seeing increases.