WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an “act of love.”
In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants “are not bad people” but added the United States “can’t invite the whole world” inside its borders.
“I saw a survey that said 700 million people would move to America if they could. We can’t really absorb 700 million people, nor can we absorb even tens of millions of people. So we do have to have some controlled access to our country,” Paul said. “But the sentiment that if you came here looking for the American dream, I agree with it, you are not a bad person, but it doesn’t mean the invitation can be open to everyone.”
Paul, the Kentucky Republican eyeing a 2016 campaign, says Bush should have kept his focus on controlling the U.S. borders.
Bush, a former Florida governor, says the GOP cannot demonize immigrants and should show compassion. He described illegal immigration as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families.
Paul was interviewed on ABC’s “This Week” during a visit to early nominating New Hampshire.
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)