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George W. Bush calls for
‘benevolent’ immigration debate

Washington Post, by Rachel Weiner

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 12/4/2012 7:19:45 PM

Former president George W. Bush is wading into the debate over immigration reform, using a speech in Dallas to praise immigrants and ask that the issue be approached with a “benevolent spirit.” Bush, who tried and failed to pass comprehensive reform as president, opened a day-long conference on immigration and economic growth organized by the George W. Bush Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Economists, CEOs and policy experts are speaking at the invitation-only event. Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas. They fill a critical gap in our labor market.

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You have to wonder about the timing of this. The blanket statement that immigrants come with new skills and new ideas doesn´t include those with no skills and who are living off the government. The illegals here now have contributed heavily to the destruction of our economy. Meanwhile, the border remains open so terrorists from all over the world easily enter this country. It´s just disgraceful.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 12/4/2012 7:23:02 PM     (No. 9048741)

Yes to immigration. Hell No, to illegal immigration!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Italiano, 12/4/2012 7:24:37 PM     (No. 9048742)

What should we call it, "Compassionate Capitulation" or "Altruistic Amnesty?"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/4/2012 7:25:35 PM     (No. 9048745)

This is the son of the Bush who ignored the second half of Simpson Mazzoli in the post Reagan years? This is not the family to lead the discussion on this topic.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/4/2012 7:28:52 PM     (No. 9048749)

If these illegals were white, they would be shown no compassion nor benevolence. White people are expected to follow the law; if not, there are consequences. Conversely, white guilt allows non-whites to essentially be scofflaws. In fact, we have a scofflaw in chief who clearly trades in white guilt for most of his power.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: IdahoJoe, 12/4/2012 7:28:55 PM     (No. 9048750)

It´s like the problem with stray cats - you want to help and be compassionate, but we now have reached the point where we have a few hundred. They are fighting, crapping on the carpet and costing us thousands of dollars in cat food. At some point we have to say no to more stray cats. No one will ever learn if we just let the ones that came through illegally get away with it. We will just keep accumulating more.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 12/4/2012 7:34:31 PM     (No. 9048755)

OK, bring in the Irish.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/4/2012 7:50:30 PM     (No. 9048771)

Enforce the immigration laws. Send officials who refuse to enforce the law to jail.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: yuban, 12/4/2012 7:56:12 PM     (No. 9048775)

Shut up!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: KTWO, 12/4/2012 8:02:22 PM     (No. 9048785)

Good intentions. Train wreck results.

We have not enforced the laws on the books for decades because the funding has always been too low. And executive orders now make the laws meaningless anyway.

Selective enforcement rots a society.

So talk of a new law doesn´t impress me. Calling it Reform doesn´t impress me. The trouble is in Washington and it must be fixed there or not at all. It isn´t from Mexican villages or with the guy cutting your lawn.

Without enforcement there is no way of amending laws to improve anything. Kids figure that out quickly and drive parents and teachers crazy. But the US can´t grasp the point?

Bush is saying be nice. Good advice in most activities. But being nice isn´t the problem.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FunnyGirl, 12/4/2012 8:06:56 PM     (No. 9048791)

He´s right. There is not a chance in hell that we will ever be rounding up illegals and shipping them home. Logistically it´s not possible and it won´t even be attempted. What we need to do is secure the borders, create a social security card that can´t be made on a street corner, and round up criminals including gang members and send them home. Then we need a permanent green card deal for people who came here illegally but are good citizens - not citizenship, but permanent residency.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/4/2012 8:12:02 PM     (No. 9048799)

Thanks to his 8 years of doing nothing, millions of Mexicans entered illegaly.
How about we show compassion to Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Polish Irish and Chechs ?
How about 20 million of them being allowed in while we turn our heads?
There isn´t a damn day that I don´t hear the word "hispanic"..they have their own special radio and tv programs, press one for spanish..ENOUGH!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Gretchen, 12/4/2012 8:12:38 PM     (No. 9048800)

Lordy, Lordy. Here is Mr. Bush advocating for his brother´s 2016 run and more of the compassionate conservative pablum that so many of us fell for the last time. What is this, a New World Order?

If so, one should just go visit southern California or the Arizona and Texas borders to see what kind of World Order is being implemented. And it ain´t a new world order, it´s a Third World Order.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nina584, 12/4/2012 8:14:06 PM     (No. 9048804)

He has done enough damage. We have lost 2 elections because of him. Time to shut up and take your little brother with you.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sherlock, 12/4/2012 8:28:48 PM     (No. 9048814)

Yep! Jeb Bush will be shoved down our throats, just like John McCain and Mitt Romney.
Well I will not vote for another Bush...ever.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: MickTurn, 12/4/2012 8:41:18 PM     (No. 9048825)

GW, you had an opportunity to speak out when it would have meant something, now you come up with this lame crapola.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/4/2012 9:06:19 PM     (No. 9048858)

Those Bush´s sure do have CLASS.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/4/2012 9:40:04 PM     (No. 9048916)

Sure thing. But we can´t have a debate while the side door is open. Close it, bolt it and then we´ll talk.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/4/2012 11:34:49 PM     (No. 9049094)

W - you were a good man, but naive at best. You screwed up on voter fraud, immigration and rampant spending.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/5/2012 12:01:07 AM     (No. 9049130)

Benevolent immigration?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/5/2012 12:10:50 AM     (No. 9049140)

They are already allowing about one million immigrants to immigrate to the USA every year legally. That is in addition to the massive, probably 20 million person illegal alien population that keeps growing each year.

The problem is instead of highly skilled immigrants who really have new ideas, the vast majority of the immigrants they are allowing to become permanent resident aliens are very low skilled people from socialist oriented countries who earn very low wages if they can even find a job, and who need to be subsidized by American taxpayer provided social welfare programs from the get-go.

Those are not people who are going to vote for "benevolent" but stupid Republicans in any numbers.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/5/2012 12:35:23 AM     (No. 9049162)

Let´s not forget GW allowed 8 milion immigrants, many of whom were illegal to come here to work.

We need an immigration freeze until Americans are employed.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: paleoconserv43, 12/5/2012 12:54:17 AM     (No. 9049174)

George Bush doesn´t have to live among these Mexican invaders. He lives on his ranch surrounded by secret service agents. The gang violence, the over run hopital ER´s and over crowded schools with anchor babies doesn´t affect him in the least.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Optimist123, 12/5/2012 12:10:03 PM     (No. 9050020)

We need to start by enforcing the current laws, and the problem is solved.

My company was recently purchased and as part of the integration process I had to show my US Passport to prove I was a citizen. No proof, no job (though I will have 35 years of service with the new company on day 1).

Make people prove they are citizens for jobs (or have other appropriate documentation), and most importantly for government assistence and to vote.

Really, how hard is this to do, or to understand? (Unless there is something in it for you.)

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