The former Florida governor, a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, spoke out against the Arizona immigration bill:
“I think it creates unintended consequences,” he said in a telephone interview with POLITICO Tuesday. “It’s difficult for me to imagine how you’re going to enforce this law. It places a significant burden on local law enforcement and you have civil liberties issues that are significant as well.”
The measure, signed into law last Friday, would require police to check the immigration status of any individuals they reasonably suspect are illegal immigrants and arrest them if they can’t prove legal status.
Bush said he understood the anger that prompted the bill, but that immigration should remain a federal issue.
“I don’t think this is the proper approach,” he said.