The Common Good

Jeb Bush Jr. and conservatives lead push for immigration overhaul

They are preachers, prosecutors and employers — a loose coalition dubbed the "Bible, badge and business" brigade. They include the Bush family, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many Republicans in Florida, who long have argued that the GOP should embrace rather than vilify recent immigrants struggling to improve their lot in life.

The broken immigration system "is just a huge problem for a business that wants to hire people and expand," Bush, a 28-year-old Miami businessman and the son of former Gov. Jeb Bush, told fellow activists at a strategy session.

"Hopefully," he added, "President Obama will provide the leadership to get this done, because our country needs it."

The activists plan to complete their strategy sessions Wednesday before fanning out to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Leaders, including some in Florida, plan to keep pressing for legislation next year.