Photo: Newscom

Photo: Newscom

Yesterday Jeb Bush defended his comments last weekend describing illegal immigration as an “act of love.”

“The simple fact is, there is no conflict between enforcing our laws, believing in the rule of law and having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience, which is part of who we are as a country,” the former Florida governor told the crowd gathered at the Stamford Hilton for at a major fundraiser named after his late grandfather, Sen. Prescott Bush.

These comments come just two days after Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) accused Bush of “pandering” with his remarks. Bush explained that his remarks are nothing new.

“The system is broken right now,” he said. “So to perpetuate a system that’s broke won’t solve our problems. Fixing it and making it an economically driven system will be part of the catalytic converter of sustained economic growth.”

He did not make any announcement regarding his candidacy for the 2016 elections.

Bush also spoke of the need for reform in school choice, the tax code, the regulatory system, healthcare and the entitlement system. He remarked we need sustained economic growth and a society “where everybody has a chance for earned success.”