Skip to comments.Privately, Bush Says He Favors Citizenship (for Illegals)
Posted on 04/26/2006 5:20:12 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
President Bush generally favors plans to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at U.S. citizenship without leaving the country, but does not want to be more publicly supportive because of opposition among conservative House Republicans, according to senators who attended a recent White House meeting.
Several officials familiar with the meeting also said Democrats protested radio commercials that blamed them for Republican-written legislation that passed the House and would make illegal immigrants vulnerable to felony charges.
Bush said he was unfamiliar with the ads, which were financed by the Republican National Committee, according to officials familiar with the discussions.
At another point, Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other members of his party pressed the president about their concern that any Senate-passed bill would be made unpalatable in final talks with the House.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat, said the lawmaker who would lead House negotiators, House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, had been "intractable" in negotiations on other high-profile bills in the past. Bush did not directly respond to the remark, officials said.
The Republican and Democratic officials who described the conversation did so Wednesday on condition of anonymity, saying they had not been authorized to disclose details.
Bush convened the session to give momentum to the drive for election-year immigration legislation, a contentious issue that has triggered large street demonstrations and produced divisions in both political parties. Senators of both parties emerged from the session praising the president's involvement and said the timetable was achievable.
"Yes, he thinks people should be given a path to citizenship," said Sen. Mel Martinez., R-Fla., a leading supporter of immigration legislation in the Senate.
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Wow .. corporate buddies??
That sounds so liberal
Some of us were Goldwater Girls (too young to vote for him).
Reportedly, Hillary was one of us back then.
OK, for argument's sake, let's say they had. Then where would we be right now?
WHO would be President? Pat Buchanan? HAHAHAHA!
Is this not your post?
WACO, Texas President Bush yesterday said he opposes a civilian project to monitor illegal aliens crossing the border, characterizing them as "vigilantes."
He said he would pressure Congress to further loosen immigration law.
More than 1,000 people including 30 pilots and their private planes have volunteered for the Minuteman Project, beginning next month along the Arizona-Mexico border. Civilians will monitor the movement of illegal aliens for the month of April and report them to the Border Patrol.
Mr. Bush said after yesterday's continental summit, with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at Baylor University, that he finds such actions unacceptable.
"I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America," Mr. Bush said at a joint press conference. "I'm for enforcing the law in a rational way."
You most certainly DID quote a newspaper.
Like all political executives, he doesn't encourge citizens to help with law enforcement. There are various reasons for it.
Myself, I think that the Minutemen are a good thing.
Secure borders. Yep.
It's a 4.7% unemployment not 4.9%.
What's next, his oil cartel and the dreaded Haliburton? LOL-LOL-LOL
Oh, is that what we're talking about?
Yup, it's my post. It's from the Washington Times.
I thought people trusted that paper around here.
Wrong. Congress had a budget for adding 10,000 border patrol agents over 5 years. He reduced it to only add only 210, which keeps the numbers about status quo. There is attrition with Border Patrol agents, through retirement and seeking other employment.
Now, would you mind finally posting a link to corroborate your claim that employer fines/arrests have decreased BECAUSE funding for Border Enforcement has increased? Thanks.
Who was he referring to then?
Q (As translated.) Mr. Presidents and Mr. Prime Minister, I wanted to ask you what concrete actions do your governments want to lay out in order to make this partnership a reality as far as energy markets, which is a very critical issue for all of our countries -- energy markets? I also want to ask you in this security and prosperity partnership, when will you include the migratory, or immigration policy in this partnership?
And, President Bush, I wanted to ask you about your opinion about those people who are hunting migrant people along the border.
PRESIDENT BUSH: I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America. I'm for enforcing law in a rational way. That's why you got a Border Patrol, and they ought to be in charge of enforcing the border.
Do you see the word MINUTEMEN in there?
With that .. I think it's time for me to head off to bed
Say good night Gracie :0)
Pandering is so very ugly.
And it's WRONG.
Do you just forget that reporters TWIST words when it suits your agenda?
You're lying about posters on this forum.
The Minutemen were not named; and as far as I know, "people" have been hunting illegals on the border for years.
After 911 Bush only tried to get the postal workers, the cable guy, and meter readers to keep a watchful eye in the homes they go into (until the companies refused to allow their employers to do it)
He was in Portland, Maine telling the lobstermen that we need to be "VIGILANT" and suggesting that they keep an eye on the port and report anything that appears strange.
Come to think of it... "AMERICANS NEED TO BE MORE VIGILANT" was one of Bush's favorite statements a couple of years ago.
Oops! Thank you. It's better than last time I checked. Well, let's say I was just trying to be prudent and not exaggerate in my favor. LOL.
You know what they say, repeat a lie often enough and people will start to believe it's true.
His immigration position has not changed one iota since he ran in 2000, so how the hell is flushing the GOP now?
You really shouldn't drink that democrat/MSM kool-aid.
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I don't see anywhere in there that he gave an OPINION of the Minutemen, do you?
He never claimed to be YOUR kind of conservative; he said what he believed in and for the last six years, you all have been bitching about how he doesn't believe "just like I do."
I wonder if they still do that.
It does doesn't it. That's because many DEMs will sell out the nation for their 30 pieces as quick as quite a few in the GOP will these days. Corporations now own the control of both political parties. Corps not excluding ones such as health care insurers as well.
type 3 then copy paste, type 3 then copy paste, type 3 then copy paste.
NOPE. It was a trick question by media and he outsmarted them as always.
IF he had a beef with the Minutemen, why not name them?
And look who's twisting the words like Bill Clinton........LOL.
Then you are far better than E.D. Hill of Fox and Friends who let her little lie of unemployment of 14% hang out there for about a week.
Too much strident behavior; not good for the cause. It is a shame to see.
"Oh, please don't quote me a newspaper by a reporter, FGS."
Please post non-newspaper links for those "facts" you posted concerning presidential approval numbers.
544 posted on 04/27/2006 12:15:31 AM CDT by Prokopton"
Is this what your replying to?
Thanks! I'll have to check them out in the morning.
Some of the best Marxist stuff I've read since college comes out on these threads.
If he had a real beef with them, I expect he could find a way to stop them.
He probably doesn't like them down there, inciting these issues while he's trying to get some sort of plan together.
It's certainly not helping.
"A terrorism alert is not a signal to stop your life. It is a call to be vigilant -- to know that your government is on high alert, and to add your eyes and ears to our efforts to find and stop those who want to do us harm." President Bush November 2001
Since Bush is so famously uninterested in newspapers, it is plausible that he might never have heard of the Minutemen and truly might have been referring to "vigilantes" that he read about in a Larry McMurtry novel.
If you can't follow along on these threads, perhaps this isn't the place for you, huh?