Skip to comments.Bush confident US immigration bill will pass [BOHICA]
Posted on 06/11/2007 8:32:49 PM PDT by indcons
US President George W. Bush was confident Monday that the most sweeping overhaul of US immigration laws in two decades will ultimately clear Congress once he gets home from his European tour.
Speaking in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, Bush acknowledged disappointment that the legislation -- aimed at bringing 12 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows -- collapsed Thursday in the Democratic-controlled Congress.
"Listen, the immigration debate is a tough debate. I'm under no illusions about how hard it is," he told a news conference.
"There are people in my (Republican) party that don't want a comprehensive bill. There are people in the Democrat Party that don't seem to want a comprehensive bill."
But he said that he would, upon his return to Washington, get in touch with leading Democrats and Republicans who do support the legislation to get it firmly back on track.
"I'll be going to the Senate to talk about a way forward on the piece of legislation," he said.
"I'm going to work with those who are focused on getting an immigration bill done and start taking some steps forward again. I believe we can get it done. I'll see you at the bill signing."
Harry Reid, the Democratic leader of the Senate, withdrew the bill Thursday after senators, seeking to add amendments, voted twice within nine hours not to move it towards a final vote as he had demanded.
Billed as a "grand bargain," the proposed law would grant a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, establishing a merit-based points system for future immigrants, and create a low-wage temporary worker program.
It also envisions a border security crackdown, punishment for employers who hire illegal immigrants and an attempt to wipe out a backlog of visa applications from those who have gone through legal channels.
Bush, who has made immigration reform a top priority of his second presidential term, is due to attend a Senate Republican policy lunch on Tuesday following his trip to Europe.
This damned bill is like a zombie from Night of the Living Dead. Someone, kill the abomination once and for all.
And i’m confident that when all is said and done Bush will have an approval ratings in the teens.
Bush, we told you loudly...no.
The President’s oath is to enforce the laws, not press the Congress for new ones. He is way out of line.
The bill has been bought and paid for by industry that wants its supply of cheap labor guaranteed. The initial appearances that it’s dead are just for show. It’s very much alive, and it will pass no matter how many calls are made. The one that passes will be slightly different.
His low approval ratings will mean totally nothing to him.
...a pox upon your whitehouse oh foolish one.....
So do we storm the halls?
He doesn’t care what his ratings are, neither the democrats he’s working with...The supporters of the bill would take low ratings to get it passed...And....If they don’t get it passed it could be authorized somehow through 9/11 powers for security or economy reasons...
“And im confident that when all is said and done Bush will have an approval ratings in the teens.”
The politicians who support this bill are thralls of the businesses that use illegal labor. These businesses want to pass part of the cost of doing business on to the American taxpayer (in the form of health care, education, food stamps, etc). It’s a huge corruption of our government, a corruption of those we put into a position to protect our interests. They’re refusing to fulfill the oaths of their offices.
We need to throw these criminals over the side.
There, how about some real accuracy in reporting?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YESY YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES 7YES .......
Has George W. got some of Paris Hilton’s stash? He seems out of touch with reality!
Bush is a putz.
Please don’t let THIS bill come true! See my own reasons, please - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1848078/posts -
Not if they believed it would really get them kicked out of office. These traitors crave money, of course, but they crave the power and prestige of their office even more. They have lived with low ratings before yet keep on getting reelected. Until some Senators are given the boot because of their opposition to the will of their constituents, they have no reason to be concerned about voter approval.
Bush has nothing to lose. He either does not care what he does to the party to which he is the titular leader or he is just plain stupid. Maybe he is both. The country is left depending on some Democrats in the House who are smarter than Jorge and understand that if they want to continue a career in elected office they better stay away from amnesty. The backlash and there will be backlash will be on House seats. I voted for Jorge twice and I am left trusting some House Democrats to act out of self-interest in order to stop what will be an incredible expansion of the social welfare state and totally destroy a middle class which does the right thing and believes in the rule of law.
If he put 1/4 of that tenacity to enforcing the current laws and getting Hunter’s fence built, the problem would largely go away.
There. I fixed it for you.
I may be naive, but I still cling to the belief that the fear of being kicked out of office by angry constituants will trump whatever pressure GWB puts on the Congress.
The illegal immigration problems we have need to be fixed, but legalization will only through gas on the fire.
The illegal immigration problem is easily solved without new legislation. Just enforce the current immigration laws! The illegals already here will self deport once that happens.
Just say NO to Amnesty!! Keep calling!! Its NOT OVER!!
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LOL indeed but it got deleted.
Aw c’mon! Post #23 ROCKED!!
Can I get Post23 (that was that awesome picture with Bush and Kennedy) as private mail?????
Perhaps you’re right.
Well, if it is true I would like to see him stand up and let the truth be known rather than sell out our country.
Oh come on, pretty please? #23 wasn’t that bad and Teddy the Swimmer was in it too.
This guy makes his father look like George Washington.
As he has all along.
It is really strange how some presidents never got the memo. Should be written in as part of the oath of office.
But for Bush to completely ignore the Constitution, his conservative base, as well as the republican party in general on this requires him to ignore the basics of party politics ... ethics, morals, and loyalty to the American people.
Can't be done without our political system suffering grave consequences. Nay, not just grave, but fatal consequences.
CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! AND KEEP CALLING TILL THE LINES FRY!
WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! TILL YOU RUN OUT OF INK IN YOUR PEN!
Bombard the Democrats as well, especially the ones that ran on an anti illegal immigration plank and the ones in marginal districts who could be vulnerable. keep pounding on them. This is a bipartisan issue not a Conservative or Liberal issue BUT AN AMERICAN issue.
We need something like the tea party......not something violent, but something that gets the message into their pocket books. I wish I knew what it was....other than y’all should change your withholding to “10” - the maximum allowable. THAT might get the message to ‘em.
Please call Senate to kill this bill. I am a failed legal immigrant (white European US-educated male) with a little American daughter left behind in the US and in exchange for this amnesty for law breaking they plan to cancel ALL legal ways to immigrate. I always believed the US was a country of fairness and freedom, but it reminds me now of my East German days before the wall.
Mr President - there was a time I would have stood proudly with you when you say 'My Republican party'.
From your actions it is clear that you and the Republican party have parted company!!
It's sad that the man we all supported and worked hard to put in office is now doing what he is doing. Selling out our country.