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Jeb Bush says President Obama "overstepped" on immigration executive action

Jeb Bush took to his Facebook page on Tuesday to denounce the executive actions Barack Obama took last November that were rebuked by a Texas judge (appointed by George W. Bush, when he was governor) Monday night. He  wrote:

Last year, the president overstepped his executive authority and, in turn, hurt the effort toward a commonsense immigration solution. That’s not leadership. The millions of families affected across the country deserve better. Now, more than ever, we need President Obama to work with Congress to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Haden of Brownsville, Texas, sided with more than two dozen other attorney generals who sued the federal government, challenging the executive action on immigration announced in November by President Obama, claiming it exceeded his authority and violated the U.S. Constitution.

The temporary injunction blocks a program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which would allow an estimated 4 million people to seek deferred deportation if they have been in the country since 2010, weren’t considered an enforcement priority, and had a child who was a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as of last year. It also blocks an expansion of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was supposed to allow undocumented immigrants to apply to stay and work in the United States starting Wednesday.

Bush’s short comment ignited a firestorm of comments, because hey, it’s social media, it’s Facebook. That’s what people do. And they seemed to come from the political right and left equally.

“I guess we can call on your brother’s leadership to appease the likes of Senators Jeff Sessions, David Vitter and Chuck Hagel right?,” wrote Erick Lastarria, who according to his Facebook profile is a native from Peru. “I remember that in 2006 and 2007, along with DeMint, the hardliners stole the show and derailed immigration reform under your brother’s nose. Where was the Bushes’ leadership back them? Democrats are trying to do something for us but you guys turned your backs on us.”

Others praised the former Florida governor.

“Well said,” wrote Michael Wheeler. “Obama and Congress need to work together and quit playing political games. And isn’t it funny when someone posts a reasoned statement how all the loony left and radical right nut jobs love to troll.”

There were several comments from social conservatives who don’t appear to be supporting Bush in the GOP Primary, such as Kerry Hughes, who wrote, “Pot calling the kettle??? You’re all for common core and illegal immigration amnesty you moderate Democrat!!!”

Carole Nellums echoed a frequent comment on the page, asking, “I would like to know what Jeb Bush would do??”

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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