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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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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