Jeb Bush Avoids Saying He Would Overturn Immigration Action

He had previously suggested that he might.


Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, speaks during the Iowa Ag Summit at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Sunday avoided saying that he would overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, signaling a possible slight change of course. 

"I think the Supreme Court's going to overturn 'em," the former Florida Governor said CBS's "Face the Nation," according to a transcript provided by the network. "I think it's unconstitutional. ... The simple fact is, he doesn't have the authority to do what he did.  He knows that and he's doing this for political purposes; to create a wedge for Democrats to win elections, I think."

Bush had suggested earlier this month in an interview with Fox News's Megyn Kelly that he might repeal the action, though not immediately, if he were to be elected. Pressed to answer on Sunday, Bush tried to steer the conversation toward fixing the immigration system as a whole. The apparent change of course illustrates the fine line Bush is walking in trying to square his more liberal immigration views with those of conservative Republicans. It follows a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding this month in favor of 26 states that sought to block the president's executive action. 

During Sunday's interview, as well as on "The Kelly File" segment,  Bush has focused on establishing legalized status separate from citizenship. "The solution ought to be to change the law and that's what I would do as President of the United States," Bush said on Sunday. "Change the law to create a different status for those so-called DREAM Act kids, than other people." 

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