By Joe Conason

Pity The Poor Immigrant: How Jeb Bush Prevented Deportation Of An Illegal Alien (And Terrorist)

March 6, 2013 11:08 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 17 Comments A+ / A-
Pity The Poor Immigrant: How Jeb Bush Prevented Deportation Of An Illegal Alien (And Terrorist)

Between today and the first Republican primary of 2016, Jeb Bush surely will tell America exactly how government should cope with undocumented workers and their families. The former Florida governor, whose wife was born in Mexico, prompted headlines this week when his new book, Immigration Wars, seemed to abandon his earlier support for a “path to citizenship” in immigration reform and to adopt a much harder line — which he promptly dropped as well.

Unsurprisingly, Bush’s opinions on immigration are confused and confusing, not to mention ill-informed, which probably makes him a perfect leader for his party. He favored a path to citizenship for the undocumented when most Republicans opposed it; then his book warned that such a provision would encourage a renewed wave of illegal immigration; and now, as Republicans complain that he is out of step with their effort to court Latino voters, he is squirming away from his own book’s argument.

But no matter which direction Bush ultimately takes in the immigration debate, he can cite at least one Latino immigrant whose deportation he strived successfully to prevent, almost a quarter-century ago, when his father was president. The only drawback to this heartwarming humanitarian story is that the man whose cause Bush advocated was a bloodthirsty terrorist who was almost certainly responsible for the brutal murder of scores of innocent victims

In 1989, the Justice Department was seeking to deport one Orlando Bosch, a Cuban exile and anti-Castro militant who was then imprisoned for entering the United States illegally. Leaders of the Cuban-American community were agitating for Bosch’s release, although US law enforcement and intelligence authorities held Bosch culpable in many acts of brazen terror. Along with his suspected (and sometimes confessed) responsibility for various bombings and attacks on civilian and diplomatic targets, Bosch was believed to have overseen the sabotage of a Cuban airliner. The resulting explosion killed all 76 civilians aboard, including all the young members of Cuba’s Olympic fencing team, several passengers from other countries, and a pregnant mother. Corrupt Venezuelan prosecutors had failed to convict Bosch of this crime, but he publicly sought to justify the airliner bombing, almost to boast of it, when he wasn’t proffering unpersuasive denials. (He was also strongly suspected of running the conspiracy that blew up a car in Washington, D.C. in 1976 — an incident that killed Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his assistant, American citizen Ronni Moffitt, in perhaps the most infamous assassination carried out by foreigners on American soil.)

Miami’s Cuban leaders considered Bosch their greatest hero and turned to Jeb Bush, then a budding businessman seeking real estate deals in South Florida, to prevent his deportation.

The Bush Justice Department wanted to deport Bosch because, according to the FBI, he had “repeatedly expressed and demonstrated a willingness to cause indiscriminate injury and death.” Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, a Bush appointee, denounced Bosch as “an unrepentant terrorist.” None of this deterred Jeb Bush from lobbying against Bosch’s deportation – and in the end, from persuading his father to pardon Bosch, which meant he could live freely and comfortably in Miami until his death in 2011 at the age of 85.

Eight years later, with the help of the same wealthy Cuban-Americans who had implored him to help Bosch, Jeb Bush had become a wealthy man and newly elected governor of Florida.

Now Bush has adopted a hard line against those who have disobeyed America’s immigration statutes. But his outrage over the flouting of those laws seems extremely selective: For the ordinary worker with impoverished family, no mercy; for the demented terrorist with powerful friends, no effort spared.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Flip flopping on every issue is a requirement for those who lack the ability to suggest proposals that appeal to and benefit most Americans.
    On the issue of immigration, I support immigration support, I believe the children of illegal immigrants – born in the USA – are U.S. citizens by birth (read the 14th Amendment), and I believe minors brought to the USA, illegally, by their parents should be allowed to become naturalized U.S. citizens, if they wish. The latter is influenced by my conviction that children are not responsible for the crimes committed by their parents, and the fact that children have no choice but to follow their parents when they move.
    I object to granting a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. I believe we should grant them residency status, but not citizenship. It doesn’t matter how flawed our immigration laws may be, they are our laws and until WE changed them they must be respected.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I can understand in “principle” about not granting citizenshipe to people here illegally, but if you’ve ever read the guidelines for legal citizenship, they are rather rigid. I think as part of comprehensive reform, there must be a thorough revision of the legal guidelines, including the “quotas” per country. Many countries with small populations have a similar quota as countries with larger populations, and it really seems off balance, almost screaming for the illegal pathway, if people are desperate enough. Plus, many people are here legally, then their visas run out, and they don’t know how to get them renewed, or are scared, so just stay in the shadows.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        I am fairly familiar with our immigration laws, and the visa system in particular, to a large extent because my wife was born in Spain. In addition to the issues you mentioned, I believe another problem involves the high number of H1b visas that are granted to entice foreign professionals to come to the USA, while it is almost impossible for unskilled or semi-skilled workers to enter the USA legally. The need to satisfy demand for more medical doctors, engineers and scientists is understandable, but the same is true for farmhands, and for people to work in the garment, hospitality and constructions sectors.
        IMO, the reason this problem has not been solved is because some sectors of our economy benefit from the status quo. Being able to hire illegal workers at less than minimum wage, with no benefits, and no FICA contributions by the employer, adds to the bottom line. Moral and legal imperatives have little to do with what has been going on. It is all about money.
        Hopefully something positive will come out of this latest attempt to remedy this embarrassing situation.
        As for Jeb Bush, I believe that he, like Sen McCain, will do and say anything to be elected and re-elected. McCain’s “guest worker” program proposal would have solved this problem long ago. He changed his tune when he ran for re-election and he realized that unless he embraced Tea Party principles he was going to lose. Jeb is already backtracking. Maybe, Columba, his Mexican wife, or his sons, leaned on him. Or maybe he is afraid his association with Orlando Bosch may surface if he makes too many waves. Who knows.

      • nobsartist

        I would like the same tax breaks extended to immigrants, extended to AMERICANS also.

        After all, we have money available for banks, energy companies, health insurance companies and immigrants but NO tax breaks for regular working Americans.

        It was so nice for Obama to suspend the 1.5% payroll tax. After all, that gave the average working American an extra $6.00 dollars per week while FACEBOOK got a $420 MILLION DOLLAR TAX REFUND AFTER PAYING NO TAX ON 1 BILLION IN PROFITS.

        But you chumps got a 1.5% WINDFALL on your payroll tax.

        More crumbs and more fake crisis’s.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/UHE4MJP5FHMFIEAOGEQHETUGDQ Rvn_sgt6768

          What the hell are you talking about? My wife is an immigrant and we get NO tax breaks and never have. Get off Faux News troll.

          The only people receiving any tax break are the RICH.

    • whodatbob

      Guest worker status would be good. With a means of comming to work in the US as legal documented workers no need to come illegally. Reduce number of border patrol needed. It, also, provides legal protection from the abuses inflicted on them by unscrupulous employers.

    • nobsartist

      Proposing a jobs plan would be nice. After all, nobody had a problem with a jobs plan for banks, wall street and the defense department.

      Immigration is just another fabricated crisis.

      Actually, with unemployment being so high and so many highly skilled workers out of jobs, if the “government” was actually concerned with creating jobs, they would have suspended the H1B visa program 5 years ago.

      Just more proof that the economic debacle was just another excuse to steal from the American taxpayer.

  • nobsartist

    I like how his awol coke head brother managed to fool America with the 9/11 smokescreen and then let ALL of his middle east terrorist friends leave while all other flights were grounded.

    Meanwhile, Dems let him trample the Constitution and bankrupt the country, all to help their corporate friends boost their ceo salaries by a couple of hundred percent.

    The last election was all about which party was better for America. The answer is clear.

    Neither.

  • AFV

    A republican hypocrisy? Shocking!

  • rwollmann

    Why worry about illegal immigration? The Republican Party is in the process of destroying the American dream. Those with ambition to do better than their parents will be wanting to emigrate to other countries where they can fulfill their dreams. The U.S. will be populated by the Romneys, Trumps, Bushes who have ingherited their wealth and power and want to keep it all for themselves. Think 19th Century Russia, 18th Century France; History does repeat itself

  • stcroixcarp

    And Jeb was the smart brother. Aren’t there some other Bush boys, like Neil, waiting in the wings for our collective memory to fail? The Bush family, like the Romney family are rich failures.

    • charleo1

      Yes, Jeb is the smart son. But the bar is set very low.

  • roguerunners

    And the weary people of the land cried out in unison: NO! NO! NOT ANOTHER BUSH!

  • jstsyn

    NO MORE BUSHES!!!

    • jstsyn

      Better yet, no more of the same.

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