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Clinton praises Bush on immigration reform
Yahoo News ^ | 07/08/06 | By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 07/08/2006 4:37:07 PM PDT by garbageseeker

LOS ANGELES - Former President Bill Clinton praised President Bush on Saturday for supporting reforms that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to seek citizenship but said the debate in Congress is being fomented by Republicans who want to divide America.

"I'm proud of him for doing it and I thanked him for doing it," he said of Bush during a "Cafe con Clinton" breakfast speech to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights advocacy group.

Clinton said Bush's roots in Texas — which has one of the nation's largest Hispanic populations — have helped him view immigrants as people rather than statistics.

"It's hard to demonize people if you know them," he said.

But Clinton also argued that the nation's government is controlled by Republican ideological hard-liners who want to use immigration to divide Americans and distract them from issues such as the war in Iraq and the health care crisis.

Instead of equal opportunity, they support a "financial elite" because they favor "concentrated wealth and power," Clinton said.

"They believe in a government that is secret, unaccountable and that maximizes its own power," he said. "They really believe the world works better if they run it and we keep our mouths shut."

Clinton supported an immigration reform measure passed by the Senate that would provide a way for many of the estimated 12 million foreigners living in the country illegally to become citizens. A House-approved bill would make illegal immigrants felons and build 700 miles of border walls. House and Senate negotiators so far have not been able to work out a compromise.

Bush has said he wants to enforce the borders so fewer people sneak across but also provide a way for those already in the United States to become legal. He has praised Hispanic immigrants as hardworking and family oriented. Clinton used similar language in his own speech.

The message played well with La Raza, which opposes the House bill and whose current president, Janet Murguia, was an assistant in the Clinton White House.

Before Clinton's speech, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa noted a string of rallies over the immigration issue, including one in March that sent 500,000 people into the streets of Los Angeles and garnered international attention.

"You literally reshaped the political landscape of our nation ... we can still see a movement blooming before our very eyes," he said.

Both Democrats and Republicans have been looking for ways to court Hispanics, whose fast-growing population gives them the potential to become an enormous voting force. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, was scheduled to address the convention on Tuesday


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1 posted on 07/08/2006 4:37:10 PM PDT by garbageseeker
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To: garbageseeker

That right there should be enough evidence that Bush's Amnesty plan is a really bad idea. Any time Bubba likes something - it can't be good.


2 posted on 07/08/2006 4:39:07 PM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of a Cancer on Society)
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To: garbageseeker

Why president Bush, why?


3 posted on 07/08/2006 4:39:07 PM PDT by NapkinUser
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To: garbageseeker

The only way Bush could be more sure he's wrong on this is if Gore or Carter chime in in agreement.


4 posted on 07/08/2006 4:39:32 PM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: NapkinUser

Good question.


5 posted on 07/08/2006 4:41:06 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: hometoroost

"The only way Bush could be more sure he's wrong on this is if Gore or Carter chime in in agreement."

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Jimmy Carter already did.


6 posted on 07/08/2006 4:42:31 PM PDT by NapkinUser
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To: TheBattman

"Any time Bubba likes something - it can't be good."

I don't know . . . he liked having a good time in the Oval Office.


7 posted on 07/08/2006 4:42:40 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: garbageseeker

This cinches it!!! Bush has been neutralized and his vitals sucked out of him and replaced by a 'bot...


8 posted on 07/08/2006 4:42:58 PM PDT by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.)
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To: tubebender

lol.


9 posted on 07/08/2006 4:43:31 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

I think I'm gonna be sick.


10 posted on 07/08/2006 4:44:09 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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I think that both president has sold themselves out to La Raza


11 posted on 07/08/2006 4:45:29 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: NapkinUser
>>>>Why president Bush, why?<<<<

Maybe he wants 12 to 20 million new Democrat voters?

Perhaps a few little adversities makes us stronger?

Beyond that I can only hold suspicions.
12 posted on 07/08/2006 4:46:23 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: hometoroost
The only way Bush could be more sure he's wrong on this is if Gore or Carter chime in in agreement.

Well put.

BTW, the mere fact that Clinton is speaking to an anti-American radical left group like La Raza reinforces some things we've known about Bubba for years.

13 posted on 07/08/2006 4:46:44 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Admin Moderator

Please neutralize the thread. It is a duplicate


14 posted on 07/08/2006 4:49:11 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: tubebender

I just came into our Dallas apartment and there was a couple of hispanics out there and I said hello: they smiled and said nothing...had I said Ollah...they would have replied....we manage apartments in the Dallas area...so I am biased...but these folks work.....they pay their bills....and are making the DFW area better.... For those of you who live in another part of the country....take a Mexican home before a Los Negroes....you will be safer.....=s=


15 posted on 07/08/2006 4:51:09 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver (Americans are so spoiled with their freedoms they have forgotten what it takes to maintain them.)
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To: TheBattman
That right there should be enough evidence that Bush's Amnesty plan is a really bad idea. Any time Bubba likes something - it can't be good.

That was my first reaction to the thread; first Teddy now Bubba. He has to feel like someone who ran out of gas in the middle of Harlem on Saturday night.

16 posted on 07/08/2006 4:51:50 PM PDT by MountainMenace (E Pluribus Unum! An oxymoron for liberals.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Just do not do it on me


17 posted on 07/08/2006 4:57:38 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
The official stance of pro-illegal freepers is that Clinton, Teddy, Carter, etc dont "really" agree with Bushs position (even though it differs little from their own stated policies) they pretend to agree to divide conservatives. Seriously the pro-illegals are posting that explanation over and over.
18 posted on 07/08/2006 4:57:39 PM PDT by mthom
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To: garbageseeker

Wonder if even this will cause some to stop and think a little differently about the current situation? When our President is more in step with Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton it should be a huge wakeup.


19 posted on 07/08/2006 4:58:01 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I think so


20 posted on 07/08/2006 4:58:22 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: mthom

I have seem it myself


21 posted on 07/08/2006 4:58:57 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Liz; burroak; ikka; Caipirabob; KeepUSfree; freeangel; stephenjohnbanker; sheana; panthermom

ping


22 posted on 07/08/2006 5:01:31 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: mthom
I'm shocked you got an answer, most I ask and they never respond as to "why" because it certainly isn't going to increase votes for the GOP and heaven knows with the shenigans Calfornia and some other legislators are pulling (casting the states votes to the candidate getting the most NATIONAL votes vs the winner of the state) we could end up losing or more Gore v Bush elections.

Look at the election in Mexico Calderon winning by 1/6 of a percentage point. Can you imagine if that is the case here with our lax voting rules?

23 posted on 07/08/2006 5:02:28 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Admin Moderator
Please neutralize the thread. It is a duplicate
24 posted on 07/08/2006 5:03:45 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Smartass; JustPiper; SeaBiscuit; OKIEDOC; La Enchiladita; potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; ...

ping


25 posted on 07/08/2006 5:03:55 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

bump


26 posted on 07/08/2006 5:04:11 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

Where is the barf alert? This is too much to stomach! Clinton's only immigration plan was to overrun the country with new democrats as fast as he could. He is in no position to even comment.


27 posted on 07/08/2006 5:05:02 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: ClaireSolt
Where is the barf alert?

It gets all over the place in its too hard to clean up.
28 posted on 07/08/2006 5:06:41 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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What is nice though, that he is on the record supporting illegal immigration and supporting the Senate's bill.


29 posted on 07/08/2006 5:08:49 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Just like peas in a pod...


30 posted on 07/08/2006 5:09:03 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: NapkinUser

Yes, he did.


31 posted on 07/08/2006 5:13:14 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Admin Moderator

Not breaking news, IMO.


32 posted on 07/08/2006 5:15:27 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (It takes ideas and optimism to win elections. The DemocRATS have neither.)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

Which one is here legally?


33 posted on 07/08/2006 5:16:39 PM PDT by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.)
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To: leadpenny
If only he would have gone to Motel 6 where they left the light on for him, he may not have been impeached. I will sleep better tonight knowing that Mr. Slimeball approves of Bush's plan.
34 posted on 07/08/2006 5:18:53 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: garbageseeker


This should come as no surprise. NAFTA, GAT and the WTO were the precursers to The New World Order, which does not include a sovereign U.S.A.. Clinton merely passed the torch to Bush, and Bush is running with it.


35 posted on 07/08/2006 5:19:49 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( on the cutting edge.)
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To: Paperdoll

I agree with you very much


36 posted on 07/08/2006 5:20:24 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Paperdoll
or Bush to Clinton to Bush --- to Clinton? The President did make a comment to that effect a few months ago.
37 posted on 07/08/2006 5:21:44 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: fish hawk

Seriously, I've thought that Bill Clinton's purpose since he left office is to help see to it that Hillary doesn't get back into the White House. It would do nothing for his legacy. He will continue to kill her with a thousand cuts and for that we should be thankful.


38 posted on 07/08/2006 5:25:18 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: hometoroost; NapkinUser; All
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Jimmy Carter already did.

Found it.

Carter praises Bush's immigration stance

39 posted on 07/08/2006 5:25:51 PM PDT by NapkinUser
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To: Arizona Carolyn


Yes, Bush to Clinton to Bush to Clinton to.......Bush?
(Call 911!)


40 posted on 07/08/2006 5:27:42 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( on the cutting edge.)
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To: leadpenny
He will continue to kill her with a thousand cuts and for that we should be thankful.

I agree. I think it was a very bad move that he gave a speech to La Raza. Because his words can be used to hurt her, if she decides to run for President of the United States.
41 posted on 07/08/2006 5:28:09 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

Karl Rove was right there with him.


42 posted on 07/08/2006 5:29:53 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

That speaks volumes. And he advises the President.


43 posted on 07/08/2006 5:30:57 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

"if she decides to run for President of the United States."

Oh, I think she's already done that. The question is, can she stay a step ahead of the bent one?


44 posted on 07/08/2006 5:31:03 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

LOL.
She should have advised him not to go to this meeting.


45 posted on 07/08/2006 5:32:02 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

Makes me ill that Rove was a speaker for a LaRaza/Mencha/Reconquista dinner.


46 posted on 07/08/2006 5:33:25 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: garbageseeker
The two Bush brothers --- Dubya and Slick --- who became POTUS, agree on immigration reform, aka. AMNESTY. Why am I not surprised. LOL
47 posted on 07/08/2006 5:33:58 PM PDT by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't support amnesty and conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I am very saddened that he decided to go to the dinner. It shows that he puts votes and politics ahead of the welfare of the American people.


48 posted on 07/08/2006 5:34:50 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Reagan Man

I agree with you.


49 posted on 07/08/2006 5:35:49 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: All
It's just Slick's way of trying to confuse people with his double talk, and putting the blame for the country being divided on the Republicans instead of where it really belongs, on the shoulders of the far left leaning commies...aka democRATs.

President Bush I think realizes that with the biased congress he's been handed to work with, without profiling and asking for proof of citizenship, there's no way the 12 million ILLEGAL ALIENS can be rounded up and deported so he's had to try and come up with another solution.
50 posted on 07/08/2006 5:36:24 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (LIGHT A PRAYER CANDLE FOR THE TROOPS: http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/enter.cfm)
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