George W. Bush Set To Back Immigration Reform

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As the House of Representatives prepares an alternative to the omnibus immigration reform billed that cleared the Senate last week, former President George W. Bush will push next week in favor of immigration reform in a speech and panel discussion to be held at his new Presidential library in Dallas.

The event, which will feature 20 (legal) immigrants receiving a grant of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony, will center on the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S., with a panel discussion called “What Immigrants Contribute” to follow Bush’s remarks.

From the Dallas Morning News:

It’s unclear whether the ex-president will stick to generalities during his remarks at the citizenship ceremony, or elevate the conversation with details about the super-sized immigration bill now being debated in Congress.

The George. W. Bush Institute has thrown some weight behind measures to overhaul immigration policies and linked it to its “4% Growth Project,” which proposes such growth would create 10 million additional jobs during the next decade with no rise in government spending. The event will include panels discussing immigration and economic growth, why naturalization matters and “how immigrants serve America.”

Bush attempted – and failed – to coax an immigration bill out of Congress during his second term, after spending most of his first term placing a planned immigration reform effort on the backburner following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Junkki

    Let’s see what he says first. Then decide.

  • manuel

    W’s brother Jeb is the same, only more so. If the Republicans even consider putting that fat turd on the ’16 ballot, they will lose once again. But that should come as no surprise.

  • rbrooks

    reagan got amnesty pushed thru and opened the border for more. every president and congress since, has continued with the reagan imported low wage immigrant policy.

    • mnkysnkle

      I’m no fan of rayguns, but he was against the democrat amnesty bill, unless the borders were secure and the current regulations were enforced. Of course the dems made all sorts of promises which they never kept. Pretty much the same as what they are trying to push now, and the last seven times.

      • rbrooks

        lol @ the myth. reagan always supported increased immigration. he increased the number of immigrants that could come in. little bush tried this twice.

        bush and obama both increased the number of H1B visas’.

        bush passed a farm bill granting immigrants food stamps.

        it is a continuing policy supported by both sides.

        keep blaming the democrats and watch how the gop and the democrats continue to import cheap immigrant labor for their corporate masters.

        they are all crooks.

        • mnkysnkle

          While I don’t disagree with your general statement; Yes they (both parties) are complicit. But the rayguns issue is not myth. I followed it closely at the time as I was in construction then and it affected our company greatly. rayguns said he would not sign any bill unless it provided enhanced security at the borders and enforce the current laws regarding deportation and the hiring of illegals. The dems made promises to submit legislation for those issues, but it never materialized. Sound familiar? The politicians around back then are now saying this current attempt is déjà vu. Even Ted Cruz spoke of it, and he wasn‘t around back then. I’m sure rayguns is still waiting for those promises to come to fruition.

          • rbrooks

            reagan said a lot. most of it was just to appease. reagan supported immigration. all the way back to when he was a democrat. much like his change on abortion.

            reagan, like those who have followed him, are simply providing their corporate masters with cheap labor.
            several of the larger construction company’s folded after reagan granted amnesty and opened the borders.
            the country has never recovered from that.
            this is reagan part 2.

            i think the bill will fail. and that will be presented to a gullible public as a victory.
            as we continue to increase the number of legal immigrants being allowed into the country.

          • mnkysnkle

            I’m not sure where you’re getting your history from, but I think you’re getting only half of it. I came on the scene in “48”. So anything before around “52” or so is history to me. By the time he married Nancy in “52”, he was a republican, and was already known as a conservative. Although in that year he did support a dem senator hopeful which lost I think. He supported Ike for presidency and supported most of his policies, including operation “wet back”. So most of his time as a democrat, he was basically a voter trying to get in with the Hollywood crowd. I suppose the politics in tinsel town were brutal as that was the time he divorced Jane Wyman, and rocketed to politics when he was placed in charge of the “Actor’s Guild”. [That’s another story, shady to say the least] Remember the “blacklist”?
            There’s a lot of reasons to dislike him, but as for his amnesty deal, he didn’t want it unless it had those provisions he requested. They put in a penalty for hiring, but I understand it was pretty much neutered. The same way as what’s going on today. It only hurt the companies that were using citizens or permit workers as they couldn’t compete with the illegals.
            As for “the dog and pony” show? It’ll pass. The repugs will howl and rant and jump up and down, and make big noises and plead for the people of the republic…..But it’s controlled opposition, the choice has already been made. It’ll drag out for a few weeks to give time for all the “liberty lobby groups” to drum up funding for petitions, then they will lower the boom. Very sad indeed! Your right…….It’s all a show, and it was a show back then.

          • rbrooks

            you can easily read the history on reagan. he used the fbi to keep track of jane while they were estranged. in exchange he gave the fbi names of alleged commies. the black list.

            ike was the last great president we had. he would not even make it on the gop ticket today. but neither would reagan.

            reagan supported immigration when he was gov of california. he also signed legalized abortion at that time.

            he later ‘changed’ his opinion. would not have played well during his presidential campaign.

            as long as the public is unwilling to change immigration, business will continue to import cheap labor.

            they will bankrupt the country with their cheap immigrant labor.

    • Sarah417

      It doesn’t matter anymore what president did what. Communists have been infiltration our gov since the 50s. We have been run by a shadow gov. The people we see Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama are only puppets What matters now is we are awake and aware and we have instant information at our fingertips (Ipods, smartphones, computer) There is no reason for someone to not know exactly what is going on.
      We know that the Democrats are running scared. Hence, the delay of the employer mandate of Obamacare after the 2014 elections. Bringing in the big guns, Bush to endorse the Immigration Bill. The Democrat party needs the Immigration Bill to pass. If this bill does not pass the Democrat party will be a memory. They are really scared now. Do you think our GOP RHINOS will take advantage of this: I don’t think so. We need a revolution now.

    • Sarah417

      It doesn’t matter anymore what president did what. Communists have been infiltration our gov since the 50s. We have been run by a shadow gov. The people we see Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama are only puppets What matters now is we are awake and aware and we have instant information at our fingertips (Ipods, smartphones, computer) There is no reason for someone to not know exactly what is going on.
      We know that the Democrats are running scared. Hence, the delay of the employer mandate of Obamacare after the 2014 elections. Bringing in the big guns, Bush to endorse the Immigration Bill. The Democrat party needs the Immigration Bill to pass. If this bill does not pass the Democrat party will be a memory. They are really scared now. Do you think our GOP RHINOS will take advantage of this: I don’t think so. We need a revolution now.

      • rbrooks

        this bill probably won’t pass. immaterial. immigration numbers will continue to climb. this about business. they demand low wage workers. and congress has supplied that. for 30 years.
        with the full support of the public. you still believe that some politicians are not crooks. keep voting them in. stop complaining about the results.

  • mnkysnkle

    Immigrants have always contributed…Illegal immigrants take. History bears this out. They are the most likely to be criminals, terrorists and welfare cases. Don’t get one confused with the other. The fact that they are using dubya to promote their agenda for cheap labour shows that they have no compunction against the use of heavy hitters from their reserve gang of sell-outs. Slick willie will be the next heavy hitter. THE TWO FACES OF THE SAME COIN. Ya~know!

  • ChuckS123

    “How immigrants serve America” I’m bugged when liberals – including Bush – say immigrants when they should say illegal immigrants. I wonder if he’ll talk about good, legal immigrants to justify amnesty for illegals. The way to get good immigrants is legally – bring in the kind of people we want. Although we’re getting Boston Bombers legally, so there are problems there also. Illegals have a lot more problems than legals. A lot of illegals are criminals and welfare recipients. Even illegal immigrant gangs like MS-13.

  • sootsme

    Bush & Obama- Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee. Again, follow the money. Since creation of the Fed, it’s been the same program. We’re just now approaching the end game, wherein the banksters attempt to bankrupt and control us all. Best response is self sufficiency to greatest extent possible, localized economies, strong church/neighborhood ties, and keep your powder dry…

    • Sarah417

      I would say that the Democrats are scared. Delaying the employer mandate until after the 2014 elections is proof. America didn’t elect Obama. Romney received significantly more votes than Obama from WHITE MALES AND INDEPENDENTS. Families making less than $30,000 a year (Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Women collectively) put Obama over the top but not by much so he resorted to voter fraud. The Democrats need the Immigration Bill to pass. If it does not pass the Democrat Party will be a memory. Do you think our GOP RHINOS will grasp this reality? I don’t think so. We need a revolution now.

  • ram724

    George has always been on the wrong side of immigration. Probably the number one cause of the problems we have with immigration today.

  • dicksi

    With a President in the midst of seven serious scandals and facing a declining public approval rating, the Republicans have a tremendous opportunity to make serious gains in the upcoming mid-term elections. What is the Republican response? Republicans are in the midst of angering their base by trumpeting Democrat causes like amnesty for illegal immigration and daring grassroots conservatives to form a new party. In their craze to lure Hispanic votes, Republicans may very well lose the votes of white conservatives who are
    demanding border security and not amnesty.

    The Republicans in the House of Representatives have the ability to seize the initiative yet they always seem to be in the shadows reacting to the Democrats agenda. Forget about the illegals….let’s bring the Republicans in the House of out of the shadows.

  • Sarah417

    Does anyone see just what is happening?
    The New World Order Globalists goes back to the 1950s. They have been infiltrating American Government since that time. They bought and silenced the MSM. George H.W. Bush was a founding member of the NWO. Kissinger and more recently Carter, Clinton, Bush, Obama. They want to rule the world. they have made a mess of everything they’ve done.
    Today we have instant news at our fingertips. IPod, Smartphone, computer. they haven’t silenced these things YET. But give them time.

    The American people are smarter now. We are awake. We know what lies behind every devious move they make. America did not elect Obama. Romney received significantly more votes than obama from WHITE MALES AND INDEPENDENTS. American families making less than $30,000 a year (Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Women collectively) put Obama over the top but not by much so he resorted to voter fraud.

    The Democrat Party needs absolutely needs for the Immigration Bill to pass. If it does not the Democrat party will be a memory. The Democrats are scared. They are pulling out all the stops. Hence, delaying the employer mandate part of Obamacare until after the 2014 elections. We have them by the Bs. Do you think our GOP RINOS can grasp this? And, do you think they will do anything about it? I don’t think so. We need a revolution now.

  • Sarah417

    The Democrats are really scared now.
    They need the Immigration Bill to pass. They are bringing in the big guns Bush to help pass it.
    They are delaying the employer mandate of the Obamacare bill until after the 2014 elections.
    We have them by the Bs. Do you think our GOP RINOS can figure this out?

  • Seanoamericano

    I see there are black groups that are protesting this now since they will be hurt by it.