Sarah Palin pushed back against Jeb Bush’s argument that decreased fertility rates in the United States meant that immigration reform was necessary.
“I say this as someone who’s kind of fertile herself,” the mother of five told attendees at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference today. “I don’t think that’s where we want to go in deciding how will we incentivize the hard-working responsible families who want to . . . follow the law and become Americans versus those whose very first act on our soil is to break the law. “
During his speech at the same event on Friday, Bush had said that “immigrants are more fertile,” and noted that the United States was not replacing its population quickly enough.
The original version of this Katrina Trinko blog, quoted here at Free Republic, put it this way: During his speech at the same event the previous day, Bush had said that certain races currently had higher fertility rates….
You can still see signs of this in Google, although I can’t find a cached version for a screenshot. Here’s a screenshot of the search results:
So is this change a reflection of Jeb Bush's influence at National Review, or a reflection of Rich Lowry's old-maidish fear of any talk of race at all?