Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview with Fox News that he would not immediately move to repeal President Barack Obama's controversial executive action on immigration.
In an interview with Megan Kelly set to air Monday night, Bush said if elected president he would focus his efforts on “passing meaningful reform of immigration and make it part of it," according to The New York Times.
Bush also defended his move to give drivers licenses to those who entered the country illegally.
"If you’ve been here for an extended period of time, you have no nexus to the country of your parents," Bush said, according to Bloomberg Politics.
"What what are we supposed to do? Marginalize these people forever?" he added.
Bush, who has not formally entered the 2016 presidential race, has faced criticism in the past from many in the Republican Party over his positions on immigration.
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