Bush Weighs in on Amnesty

Bush Weighs in on Amnesty

“Former President George W. Bush waded ever so gently into the fierce debate in Washington over immigration reform, urging lawmakers to reach a ‘positive resolution’ on the issue, and warning against disparaging immigrants. ‘We can uphold our tradition of assimilating immigrants, and honoring our heritage of our nation built on the rule of law. But we have a problem. The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working; the system is broken,'” NBC News says.

“Speaking Wednesday morning at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens held at his presidential library, Bush refused to comment specifically on the legislative battle that has enrapt the Capitol and beguiled many of the former president’s fellow Republicans.”

Bachmann Says Amnesty is Wrong Solution

“Rep. Michele Bachmann is on a mission to kill an immigration overhaul. The Minnesota Republican contends immigrants who came to the United States illegally shouldn’t be rewarded with legal status. She says they are taking jobs from American citizens and depressing wages because they work for less. Creating a path to legal residency is a key piece of the bill passed by the Senate last month. She hopes to persuade fellow House Republicans at a special meeting Wednesday to dump any idea of a broader overhaul until the fence is built,” USA Today reports.

House GOP Meets on Border Security

“Republicans in the House of Representatives say any immigration bill they pass must ensure that the nation’s Southwest border with Mexico is secured before any process can begin for undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship. However, as House Republicans prepare to meet Wednesday to plot the way forward on immigration legislation, there is no consensus among them on who should be able to apply for citizenship, exactly how to secure that border or what “secure” even means,” USA Today says.

“The House caucus enters Wednesday’s meeting with only one thing in common: They don’t like the Senate plan. House Speaker John Boehner has said he will not let his chamber vote on the Senate bill, and will instead develop a plan that the majority of Republicans can agree on — but they don’t have agreement yet.”

Even Lower Public Support for Amnesty

“The Congressional Budget Office estimated last week that the immigration reform plan now before Congress would stop the flow of future illegal immigrants by no more than 50%, and voters don’t think that’s enough. Support for the plan has fallen, but it falls even more dramatically when the 50% figure is attached,” Rasmussen Reports says.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now favor a plan to give legal status to those here illegally even if the border is really secured to prevent future immigration. That’s down from 60% less than three weeks ago despite the U.S. Senate’s passage of the measure since then. Thirty percent (30%) are opposed, and 19% are undecided.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    as for what would happen to illegal immigrants if the bill does not pass? ask americans who have lost their jobs thanks to NAFTA and all the legal and illegal immigrants in the USA today! not to mention their homes and pride.

  2. avatar

    Hasn’t Bush already done enough damage to this country? As if he ever would have become President in the first place without Daddy Bush pulling strings behind the scenes.

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    The Democrats will not allow a bill that puts guaranteed enforcement up front, before any legalization. But that’s like the guy who keeps saying put it on my tab. Sorry, your “credit”, aka “your word” is worthless. We’ve been through this before. Whether it was the “one time” amnesty of 1986, or the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which produced only a small fraction of the 700 miles of double layer fence required in the original bill, it’s been one broken promise after another. Cash, and enforcement, up front, or you can tell your story walking.

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    LOL….the Laws on Immigration aren’t Working????

    How the hades would Bush and his open border buddies know, they haven’t even tried to “really” enforce immigration laws on the American employer?