Skip to comments.Bush Attacks Immigration Deal Opponents
Posted on 05/29/2007 10:15:03 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
GLYNCO, Ga. (AP) - President Bush attacked opponents of an immigration deal Tuesday, suggesting they “don’t want to do what’s right for America.”
“The fundamental question is, will elected officials have the courage necessary to put a comprehensive immigration plan in place,” Bush said against a backdrop of a huge American flag.
He described his proposalwhich has been agreed to by a bipartisan group of senatorsas one that “makes it more likely we can enforce our borderand at the same time uphold the great immigrant tradition of the United States of America.”
Bush spoke at the nation’s largest training center for law enforcement.
He chose the get-tough setting as conservative critics blast a Senate proposal as being soft on people who break the law. Hoping to blunt that message, Bush emphasized that any new options for immigrants and foreign workers would not start until tougher security is in place.
The presidential stop came during a congressional recess, with senators back home and facing pressure from the left and right on the immigration plan. Bush’s aim is to build momentum for the legislation, perhaps his best chance for a signature victory in his second term. The Senate expects to resume debate on it next week.
“A lot of Americans are skeptical about immigration reform, primarily because they don’t think the government can fix the problems,” Bush said.
“And my answer to the skeptics is: give us a chance to fix the problems in a comprehensive way that enforces our border and treats people with decency and respect. Give us a chance to fix this problem. Don’t try to kill this bill before it gets moving,” Bush told students and instructors at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Bush repeatedly cast the matter as one of political courage.
“Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don’t like,” the president said. “If you want to kill the bill, if you don’t want to do what’s right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it.
“You can use it to frighten people,” Bush said. “Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all.”
The bill would give temporary legal status to millions of unlawful immigrants, provided they came forward, paid a fine and underwent criminal background checks. To apply for a green card, they would have to pay another fine, learn English, return to their home country and wait in line.
The plan also would create a guest worker program. It would allow foreign laborers to come to the U.S. for temporary stints, yet with no guarantee they can eventually gain citizenship.
Both the new visa plan and the temporary worker program are contingent on other steps coming first. Those include fencing and barriers along the Mexico border, the hiring of more Border Patrol agents and the completion of an identification system to verify employees’ legal status.
The legislation would also reshape future immigration decisions. A new point system would prioritize skills and education over family in deciding who can immigrate.
Georgia’s senators both played leading roles in producing Bush’s deal with the Senate. Yet they have also said they may not support the final bill, depending upon how it is amended.
Bush chastised those who say the proposal offers amnesty to illegal immigrants. He called it empty political rhetoric.
In other news, defying the counsel of advisors concerned over the electoral future of the Republican Party---let alone the future of America---, President Bush again shot himself in the foot today on the immigration issue. "I'm a lame duck," the President explained, "and I aim to be the lamest duck in history." The President then chortled to a dwindling audience of supporters, "Get it? 'Aim.' I just made a funny...!"
What a fool we have elected as leader of our party and nation. Unbelievable!!!
Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America
Go to this link - notice that it is a “,gov” site! An official US Government site.
This is the start of the North American Union and it was signed in 2005 - two years ago. This isn’t conspiracy, this is fact. They really think we are so DUMB that we won't notice it
I believe their hope is that a huge bloc of illegals here can someday vote in politicians that will finish the USA as a sovereign nation, which is why it is being pushed so hard now.
We are being sold down the river, it is a fact. Our troops, God bless them, are fighting and dying on the other side of the world while our Nation is under attack at home from our own people. It just makes me sick to my stomach.
This CANNOT be allowed to stand!
Don’t know you, never met you, but have heard your name mentioned about a bazillion times, only in good ways, of course ;)
One can only hope. /s
But if they're from Illinois or Florida...they'll still be able to vote.
And my answer to the skeptics is: give us a chance to fix the problems in a comprehensive way...”
SORRY, NO CAN DO...BORDERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN SECURED ON 9/12 AND NO ONE’S BUYING INTO THE B.S. THAT YOU CAN’T SECURE THEM WITHOUT AMNESTY.
“Both the new visa plan and the temporary worker program are contingent on other steps coming first. Those include fencing and barriers along the Mexico border, the hiring of more Border Patrol agents and the completion of an identification system to verify employees legal status.”
Wasn’t there another thread posted earlier that states this is an OUTRIGHT LIE?
BARF alert please! He is lies. He is trying to turn the country into a third world hell. And why little bush haven’t you secured the border in all the years you have been pres? He’s a traitor!
Several folks have been mentioning the “imp....” word. I think I can understand why. This is just unbelievable. This is a sad day for America and the U.S. Constitution.
First, he was "Not Al Gore". Then he was "Not John Kerry." That's my memory, anyway.
Thanks for that list, I’ve been faxing to all of them. Their lines are kinda busy.:<)
This is part of what I sent them.
Do you realize if this AMNESTY happens we are in effect creating the equivilent of adding over 17 more states to this country? And that’s not even considering the chain migration that is in the Senate bill.
Please look at what giving amnesty to as many as 20,000,000 illegal alien foreign nationals actually represents. More than the population of 16 states and DC!
According to the 2000 census, 18,785,867 is the total populations combined of Wyoming, Dist. of Columbia, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Idaho, Nebraska, West Virginia, New Mexico and Nevada.
THINK about that.
You know all those jobs everyone keeps saying only aliens will do? We wouldn’t need to supply the JOBS if we didn’t have the ALIENS! It’s them we’re building schools, houses, clinics, Mosques, MEXICAN consulates on and on for. And there is about enough of them working agriculture to produce some of the food they eat.
Any one who says 20 plus million people is not a drain on your resources is hopelessly corrupt! But it won’t be only 20 million, it will result in 80 million if other amnesties show us anything.
An Invisible American
Has Dumbya started drinking again? Or does the fool not understand the meaning of the word amnesty?
I have been on the phone this morning and will be emailing, again this afternoon. None stop!
Exactly. If any part of the bush amnesty makes it into law I'll never vote for the GOP again.
President Bush attacked opponents of an immigration deal Tuesday, suggesting they dont want to do whats right for America.
***OMG, he sounds like a rudybot.
I have never heard of a Democrat president attacking a part of the Democrat base, but Republican presidents undermine and humiliate their base with regularity. Why is this? Even LBJ didn’t attack George Wallace: he just ignored him.
F you, Bush.
Welcome back, sir! :-)
We need to apologize to eyebrow-less Richard A. Gephardt. I guess he was right for all the wrong reasons when early in 2004 he pronounced GWB a “miserable failure”.
Welcome back. We hope you will consider joining the Duncan Hunter team. After all, he is the best candidate on this issue and tons of others.
Isn’t he a “friend” of both of Gore’s former running mates and a cousin of John Forbes Kerry?
I've been as hard on Bush as anybody on FR, but we can't make this immigration bill a personal issue. It's not about Bush, it's about the policy he's pushing. If we come across like bitter Bush-bashers, that allows us to be marginzalized. It's the policy that's bad - or at least I think it is, because neither I nor anybody else knows what's in all of those 1000 pages. Let's focus on the policy.
Time will tell, won't it?
The original definition of a “fool” is a nonbeliever in Jesus. And many did warm to GWB because of his professed Christianity. Even called Jesus a “philosopher” in one of the “debates”, remember.
We should offer an official apology to Benedict Arnold for his loss of faith in the American cause. Everybody else gets forgiven with amnesty at one point or another, it seems. But not those two Border Patrol agents in South Texas.
Welcome back Travis. The battle for our Republic continues and we are at a perilous fork in the road!
Remember, all second term Republican presidencies end in failure or reduced expectations: Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush II.
I know about the nephew - a good looking young man who has already been in trouble with the law for drunk driving. He does appear to be working hard building his political resume. Considering his behavior and that of his sister and his outrageous cousins, it’s amazing how quiet the Media is about all that. Very sad outlook for the future. Like the Kennedys, none of these apples are falling far from their tree.
Maybe Jeb! realizes that his day came and went when Columba tried to stiff Customs and failed miserably. Now there is First Lady material. Young George needs to go back to Mexico and collect his bride, too. It will be good for the North American Union, y’know.
With all due respect Mr. President, KMA.
He may not be as much "Not John Kerry" as I thought he was not.
The problem is the new visas. Once people get them, they are “legal.” Does anyone think that more than a fraction will come forward to apply for a green card?
I've had enough of this guy. F*%@ him and the horse he rode in on.
It's about time to get a rope
It’s good to see you back on Free Republic. :-)
Borders Language Culture"
"If you want to scare the American people, what you say is 'the bill's an amnesty bill'. It's NOT an amnesty bill. That's empty political rhetoric, trying to frighten our fellow citizens.
People in Congress need the courage to go back to their districts and explain exactly what this bill is all about, in order to put comprehensive immigration reform in place".
We should be insulted that he thinks we are so stupid we don't comprehend what this bill is all about.
He's pig headed.
Do you think if I get a Matricular Consular Card I could be eligible? LOL
he must be feeling the heat of the backlash against this idiotic idea ...
He takes the worst tone with us and saves his “compassion” for the left. His whole presidency has been tolerable at best, with good legislation balancing out the bad, but this is a declaration of war on American sensibilities. He is, was, and always will be a terrible salesman, it’s just that his competition was worst.
It looks bad when Democrats do it and it looks worse when Republicans do it (because I expect them to shoot straight and be rational).
My kids are not so young, but I am very concerned about the future we are handing them.
If we can round up all the illegals and send them home for a “touchback,” if this bill becomes law. Why can’t we round them up and send them home now in keeping with present law(s)?
I’m starting to wonder about this issue.
Bush is not running in 2008, but all of Congress is, and 1/3 of the Senate.
I mean when I think about the silly logic of supporting this Immigration Bill with so much animosity abounding...
Well, things could get interesting.
“Your bail water first, plug the holes in the hull later Amnesty Bill wont work.”
What you forgot to mention is that your in a submarine, and that you’re already underwater.......:)
First, he was "Not Al Gore". Then he was "Not John Kerry." That's my memory, anyway.
Sadly, that was the case.
I would further speculate that conservatives are simply tired of "lesser" evil voting. '08 could very well be grim should the primary result in a "lesser" than candidate for the GOP. (Just my opinion)
Delighted to see you’re posting again! I thought about you when the Santa Fe Police Dept. announced recently that they were considering hiring Mexican nationals.
Great to see ya back!
>>Shut down illegal crossing of the border for a few years, punish employers who hire illegals and maybe even put in some of the ID requirements and instant legal status checks in the bill. If that works for five years, then the next president might be able to come back and ask “Now that the country is secure, what should we do about the illegals still here?” At that point I would be more willing to listen to plans to let them stay, but not until the government has been doing its job for years.<<
Tony Snow called Neal Boortz from Air Force One today (on the way to Georgia). Snow went thru the “default amnesty” argument. Boortz replied that when your basement is flooded, you fix the leak before you try to do something with the water already there. Snow replied that it was already flooded. Boortz said, yes I know.
Boortz also asked if he could speak with the Prez, and Snow said the phone would not reach that far. LOL.
As a side note. All sorts of diseases are appearing now, that were conquered in the USA many years ago and are due now mostly to the flood of illegal aliens coming here.
TB case brings warning to air passengers
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
A man with a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine by the U.S. government after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights this month, health officials said Tuesday.
It is the first time since 1963 that the government issued a quarantine order. The last such order was to quarantine a patient with smallpox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC urged people on the same flights to get checked for tuberculosis.
The government issued the order after a CDC official reached the man by phone in Italy and told him not to take commercial flights, but he flew back to North America anyway, said Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine.
“He was told in no uncertain terms not to take a flight back,” Cetron said.
The infected man flew from Atlanta to Paris on May 12 aboard Air France Flight 385. He returned to North America on May 24 aboard Czech Air Flight 0104 from Prague to Montreal. The man then drove into the United States.
Cetron reached the man once he was back in the United States. At that point, he voluntarily went to a New York hospital, then was flown by the CDC to an Atlanta-area hospital. He is not facing prosecution, health officials said. Federal officials declined to release details about him.
The man is hospitalized in Atlanta in respiratory isolation, according to the World Health Organization.
He was potentially infectious at the time of the flights, so CDC officials recommended medical exams for cabin crew members on those flights, as well as passengers sitting in the same rows or within two rows.
CDC officials did not release row numbers but said the airlines were working with health officials to contact those passengers. Passengers who should be tested will be contacted by health officials from their home countries, Cetron said.
The man told health officials he was not coughing during the flights. Tests indicated the amount of TB bacteria in him was low, so passengers are not considered to be at high risk of infection, Cetron said.
The man, who went on the trip with his wife, also traveled within Europe, but CDC officials said they did not have information to release about how he made the trips. His wife is not considered a public health risk, Cetron said.
CDC officials said they are concentrating on investigating the trans-Atlantic flights, when possibility of spread of the disease was greatest.
The man was infected with “extensively drug-resistant” TB, also called XDR-TB. It resists many drugs used to treat the infection. Last year, there were two U.S. cases of that strain.
Because of antibiotics and other measures, the TB rate in the United States has been falling for years. Last year, it hit an all-time low of 13,767 cases, or about 4.6 cases per 100,000 Americans.
Tuberculosis kills nearly 2 million people each year worldwide.