Jeb Bush, a longtime opponent to President Donald Trump, roasted his former Republican primary rival on Twitter with three simple words over Trump's plans to built a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.
"Reality sets in," Bush wrote on Twitter along with a link to a Wall Street Journal op-ed which argues that Trump cannot complete the multi-billion dollar project without hopping over the legal hurdles of eminent domain, seizing more than 1,000 miles of private land and compensating its owners. Though Trump said during his campaign that he would be able to construct the wall for less than $10 billion, the article contends that paying off those landowners would make it nearly impossible to stick to the budget.
The piece also makes the case that, while the existing border itself is not particularly secure -- even the existing fences have openings for cattle and other necessities -- making it impossible to cross is not the most effective way to prevent illegal immigration, since a full 40 percent of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. entered the country legally and simply overstayed their visas.
Bush has said in the past that he opposes the wall; while he believes it is theoretically a good idea to secure the border, he has called it an ineffective way to quell unauthorized border crossings and supports bulking up Border Patrol forces and increasing drone and GPS technology, reports Breitbart.
"I'll tell you what they say on the border, it would tear apart their community, would hurt their economic activity, and it's not needed, and there are better ways to deal with this," Bush said at a 2015 rally, according to Breitbart.
The former Florida governor, one of Trump's main targets during the Republican presidential primaries, had indicated that he might be coming to terms with Trump and even praised him for selecting Betsy DeVos as his secretary of education despite the animosity the pair shared that trickled all the way through the election, reports the Tampa Bay Times. DeVos is a former chair member of Bush's education foundation.