Skip to comments.Bush Urges Hispanics To Speak Up (New Info and Quotes)
Posted on 06/15/2007 10:05:16 PM PDT by truthkeeper
President Bush yesterday told Hispanics to step into the middle of the immigration debate and make sure senators who have been bombarded with calls from opponents also hear from those who support the bill.
"There's a lot of emotion on this issue, and it makes sense to have people from around the country come and sit down with members of Congress to talk rationally about the issue," he told those attending the Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington yesterday.
He was speaking a day after the bill, which collapsed last week, was revived by the top Democrat and Republican in the Senate.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, agreed to put the bill back on the Senate's schedule next week, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, agreed to limit the number of amendments Republicans would offer.
But roadblocks are already popping up.
Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, said he will block any attempt to send the bill to an eventual House-Senate conference, complicating the usual path a bill takes to reach the president's desk.
"Ted Kennedy has sold us another bill of goods and I don't trust him to make even more changes...
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>>resident Bush yesterday told Hispanics to step into the middle of the immigration debate and make sure senators who have been bombarded with calls from opponents also hear from those who support the bill.<<
I detest that man.
I am speechless, too, at the arrogance of a man who thinks that because we elected him, the country belongs to him (not us), and is his to give away.
This is not a good man, regardless of what has been said in the past. He is a sneaky, underhanded bastard who is an enemy to the people of the United States.
I used to have a party. In fact, I used to have a few politicians on both sides of the aisle that I could be sure had some integrity....
yes, all you wetback border jumpers ...contact ‘your Senator’
oh ! what? you are not a US citizen and you do not have a Senator ....well....don’t let that stop you , they will be ‘your Senator ‘ soon enough......
Is he trying to start another Civil War ?
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Office of the Press Secretary
June 15, 2007
President Bush Attends National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast
JW Marriott Hotel
In Focus: Immigration
8:15 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Gracias. Siéntese, por favor. (Applause.) Buenos días. Si. I thank my friend, Luis. This isn’t the first time he’s introduced me. I’m proud to be back. I thank you for the chance to come to the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. Appreciate the opportunity to be with Hispanic American pastors and priests and community leaders and faith-based activists from all over the United States. I thank you for coming, and thanks for having me come. I appreciate your leadership, I appreciate your compassion, and I thank you for your abiding faith in the power of prayer.
I’m pleased that two Senators who have got corazones grandes — (laughter) — on the immigration bill are with us today — Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Mel Martinez. Thank you all for coming. (Applause.)
Y también, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano y Luis Fortuno. Thank you all for coming, proud you’re here. (Applause.) Thank the veterans and members of the military who are here today. I thank the pastors and community leaders.
At this breakfast we set aside our politics and come together in prayer. That’s what we’re doing. When we pray we acknowledge our total dependence on Almighty God. We put our future in His hands, and we find that prayer lifts our spirits and changes our lives.
This morning we have many things to pray for. We pray for our families and our loved ones and our friends. We pray for the strength and safety of our nation. We pray for wisdom and grace in times of trial. And we pray to give thanks for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon America.
Among those blessings are millions of talented men and women of Hispanic origin who call this country home. Our nation is more vibrant because of the contributions made by Hispanic Americans in all sectors of our society — in arts, to business, to religion, to education. Our nation is more hopeful because of the Hispanic Americans who serve in the armies of compassion, who are surrounding neighbors in need who hurt with love; people who are helping to change America one heart and one soul and one conscience at a time.
Many of you at this breakfast devote your lives to serving others. By doing so, you’re answering a timeless call to love your neighbor as yourself. You really represent the true strength of America, and I thank you for being of service to our country.
This prayer breakfast has come a long way since it started five years ago. We could have held it in a little tiny closet. And now, as Luis tells me, it’s oversubscribed the minute it gets announced. It’s a good sign for our country, isn’t it? People want to come together in prayer.
Instead of a single morning meeting, you have now come to Washington for a three-day conference. And I appreciate the chance — you’ve had a chance to go to Congress and discuss your concerns with members of Congress. I appreciate your support for policies that expand home ownership. We want more Americans saying, welcome to my home, come and see my piece of property. I appreciate the fact that you’re promoting small businesses. We want more Americans realizing the dream of owning their own business. And by the way, the Latino small business community is strong, and we intend to keep it that way.
I appreciate your working to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS. I appreciate you working hard to make sure every child gets a good education. Thank you for your concern for our country. You’re demonstrating El Sue o Americano es para todos. (Applause.)
And I thank you for making comprehensive immigration reform your top priority. I share that priority. These Senators share that priority. I appreciate the fact that you understand that this debate can be emotional, and it’s complex. I appreciate the fact that you understand that members need to hear from you about where you think this country ought to go when it comes to immigration reform. There’s a lot of emotion on this issue, and it makes sense to have people from around the country come and sit down with members of Congress to talk rationally about the issue.
Our responsibilities are straightforward — we’ve got to enforce the border, basic duty of a sovereign nation. We’ve got to create a lawful way for foreign workers to fill jobs that Americans are not doing. Our economy depends on them. And we must resolve the status of illegal immigrants already in our country without amnesty and without animosity, because that is the only practical way to fix the problem that has been decades in the making. We must help new immigrants assimilate. That’s what has always made our nation strong. People in America must have confidence in this country to help people assimilate.
Mel Martinez’s parents put him on an airplane because they didn’t want him raised in a tyrannical society on the island of Cuba, and here he now sits as a member of the United States Senate. I was deeply touched at the Coast Guard Academy, when I was sitting there as the Commander-in-Chief of a bunch of kids who just got bars on their shoulders, and the head of the class got up to speak, and he talked about his migrant grandfather; this Hispanic American started his speech to his classmates — because I was there, there was a lot of cameras, maybe the country — talking about his migrant grandfather. Isn’t it a fabulous country where a migrant grandfather can come and have a dream and work hard, and there’s his grandson talking about the promise of America in front of the President of the United States and his classmates. That’s the beauty of America. (Applause.)
We must meet our moral obligation to treat newcomers with decency and show compassion to the vulnerable and exploited, because we’re called to answer both the demands of justice and the call for mercy.
Most Americans agree on these principles. And now it’s time for our elected leaders in Congress to act. You don’t have to worry about these two Senators; they’re acting, they’re in the lead. Each day our nation fails to act, the problem only grows worse. I will continue to work closely with members of both parties, to get past our differences, and pass a bill I can sign this year. (Applause.)
One of the reasons that America leads the world is that we’ve always welcomed people who are determined to embrace our democracy and stand for freedom. We see that determination every day in the hundreds of thousands of Hispanic Americans who wear the uniform of the United States military.
Today we’re joined by a group of Hispanic American soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I thank these brave men for stepping forward to protect our freedom. I join all of you in praying for their full recovery. And I’m honored to be their Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.)
Our nation is blessed to call these men fellow Americans. We thank God for sending us such brave and selfless people. We ask that He give His — give us the wisdom and grace to be worthy of the sacrifices they make, and the ideals of liberty they defend.
Thank you very much for letting me come by again. Y tambi n, que Dios les bendiga. Amen. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
END 8:25 A.M. EDT
Thank God for the Second Amendment...
Thank God for the Second Amendment...
And considering hispanics are the largest minority in America I think they should be heard as well.
And considering hispanics are the largest minority in America I think they should be heard as well.
Makes me want to puke!
I have tried mightily to support Bush.
I now despise him.
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.
I fixed the first paragraph.
President Bush yesterday told illegal aliens to step into the middle of the immigration debate and make sure senators who have been bombarded with calls from United States citizens also hear from those who support the bill.
Oh...you mean the undocumented Americans?
I am speechless as well. I had to read it twice to make sure what he was saying.
He wants to grant amnesty to illegals while people have waited years to come here? What I would like to say is unprintable about now.
Illegals are breaking the law by being in this Country, he has failed his job to secure our borders, and now tells Hispanics to call and support this bill. This is a slap in the face to every American citizen.
I Like Ike.
Take the Pledge: "I pledge to never, ever vote for anyone, for any office, who votes in favor of the Mexican Invasion Surrender Bill."
Geez...Jorge’s companion at the breakfast was Teddy the swimmer. ‘nuff said.
What this actually reads is this
"President Bush yesterday implored foreign nationals to step into the middle of the immigration debate and make sure senators who have been bombarded with calls from concerned constituents and American citizens also hear from those foreign nationals who support the bill.
Bush has turned on the nation in favor of foreign nationals.
Mexicans have NO right to be involved in the debate at all.
Not me. This guy started showing his true agenda some years ago.
It was clear some time back, this guy was very bad news.
Bush needs psychological help. He is a sick man, and a traitor to his country and his people. He should be removed from office before he can do any more harm, but that will not happen because of the complicity of the Congress in this sham upon the American people. The state of the Washington government is beyond comprehension and should be a lesson why the American public needs to get very involved with their government, and make sure it is working for them, and not itself — that is where we are today, a total disasterous mess. The American people can only blame themselves for being complacent about their government. People deserve the government they get.
We are in trouble.
You are confusing Hispanics with illegals, Jorge. Just like your master. And I think, both you and Jorge senior are doing this deliberately. By uing such bait and switch tactics, you are trying to deflect public attention from criminals, gang bangers, and drunk drivers by painting them as “Hispanics” and “immigrants” instead.
What country is he President of? I thought the language we spoke was ENGLISH!
By population count, European-Americans are the minority in California. AS a minority I want to be heard.
Build the border fence now.
YOu are in PA. and don’t have a clue.
No se, mi amiga.
No vivo en California.. tambien...
and where I live now, in the undisclosed location,
English is spoken here.
Worst Republican President ever. He makes his father look good.
The day after GWB was elected I saw a look on his face that I found troubling...It was a steely, sneaky look like he was turning into someone else...I kid you not.. I was concerned but brushed it off as him just being tired.
I’m wondering if I was truly on to someting about him back then. I voted for him twice and am no liberal.
What are you talking about? You're the one who's confused here.
I NEVER said Hispanics and illegals were the same thing.
Yeah, his precious daughters will be protected and pampered for the rest of their lives. What about OUR children, who have to deal with criminal aliens roaming the streets?
To all of us who rallyed for him in both elections, he’s just saying “shove it”.
Is this from the Onion ?
And yet, the Bushbots continue to thrash FReepers who don’t worship Senor Jorge Bush: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1851076/posts
GW’s want illegals to act, they can’t vote, they can’t reveal themselves to be illegals, they can’t let folks know they are harboring illegals...........Whats left that they “legally” can do ?
We used to call that inciting a riot.
What on earth is this President doing ?!?!?
How do figure that one? Bush should do himself a favor and just shut up.
“Most hispanics I know, including this one are opposed to amnesty.”
I agree with you.
Adding on, many of our American citizens who came to America legally, have spoken up staing NO AMNESTY for illegals. Some people just don’t want to hear that.