Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, said something surprising about illegal immigration on Sunday.
According to Reuters, Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, called illegal immigration an "act of love."
The son of the 41st president and brother of the 43rd, said of the immigration issue, "I think we need to kind of get beyond the harsh political rhetoric to a better place."
He delivered these comments during a candid interview with Fox News host Shannon Bream at an event at the Texas presidential library of his father, George H.W. Bush.
"The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family," he said. "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family."
Bush added: "I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."
Jeb Bush, 61, repeated at the event that he would decide on a presidential bid by the end of the year. His son, Mexican-American politician George P. Bush, recently won the Republican primary for land commissioner in Texas.
Wow! Do you agree with his statements?