Bush welcomes new citizens in soft push for immigration reform
July 10th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
1 year ago

Bush welcomes new citizens in soft push for immigration reform

Dallas (CNN) – There was no impassioned plea to pass immigration reform. But the image was unmistakable.

The sight of former President George W. Bush welcoming newly sworn-in citizens at a naturalization ceremony at his library and museum in Dallas on Wednesday offered a sharp contrast to the hardening opposition to immigration legislation in Washington.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Neutral Observer

    Everyone speaks as though if amnesty for illegals is not passed, all the LEGAL immigrants who are citizens and who can vote will be upset and turn on the responsible party. Is this really true? Are they so knee-jerk lock step in line for amnesty that they'd turn on people who are working for their own self interests. Flooding the market with cheap labor will be a disaster for anyone in the lower levels of income. It suggests that they don't have the intelligence to recognize this. If the repubs think that amnesty is their ticket to avoid becoming extinct, they are so wrong. Someone once said if the people are given the choice of voting for a democrat or a democrat, the democrat will win every day of the week.

    July 10, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    I still don't know as to why are we entertaining this guy that messed this nation like a hell.

    July 10, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  3. Peoples State of Illinois

    His policies on immigration was one of the things I disagreed with him on. I didn't like Reagan's immigration amnesty either.

    July 10, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. kamarasune

    That this man can still walk around free is a testament to how corrupt the system actually is....

    July 10, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Bush believed in compassionate conservatism and immigration reform was one of those compassionate measures. There's no compassion in the hearts of conservatives on Capitol Hill. They're more like GFY conservatives.

    July 10, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  6. Galactus93

    NO AMNESTY and No path to US citizenship for illegal aliens. We need our laws enforced. Immigration laws were never enforced under President Bush and we now have 11 million illegal aliens. Its time to deport all illegal aliens.

    July 10, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. SuperSam

    King George is repenting himself..........................

    July 10, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. Tenie

    All these politicians flapping their jaws are never the ones who are forced to suffer the consequences. Do they have illegals breaking into houses in Their neighborhoods? Of course not, but they don't care that they pass legislation which puts Americans at risk

    July 10, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    If any immigration bill is passed while Obama is in office......we will become a Totalitarian state. That cannot be considreed, at all, until Obama has left office, and even then, only after the border has been totally secured.

    July 10, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. RD

    Who cares? He had his chances to do something about the illegal alien invasion of this country and he did not.

    July 10, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. Guest

    Gosh, I miss him. He's getting greater by the day. He should be grateful to Obama for increasing his poll numbers.

    July 10, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Peoples State of Illinois

    His policies on immigration was one of the things I disagreed with him on. I didn't like Reagan's immigration amnesty either.
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    Reagan got bamboozled by the democrats... they promised border enforcement and never delivered it. They're trying to do it again.

    July 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. rs

    Good luck with that Mr. President. The Republicans are only about politics anymore- not accomplishments, not leadership.

    July 10, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Fair is Fair

    Peoples State of Illinois

    His policies on immigration was one of the things I disagreed with him on. I didn't like Reagan's immigration amnesty either.
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    Reagan got bamboozled by the democrats... they promised border enforcement and never delivered it. They're trying to do it again.
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    You are correct, I guess I should have clarified, Reagan should not have agreed to the amnesty until the border was secured first.

    July 10, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Alan Page

    For Bush to take the stage on Immigration Reform it means complete capitulation of Obama.... especially due to this spy scandal catastrophe...

    July 10, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. TPatrick

    So what other Crimes should we legalize? Make no mistake these are not law abiding citizens we are talking about. They are by definition CRIMINALS!!! If they wish to be considered for legal status in this country they can return to their nation of origin and apply like millions of others who respected our country and it's laws. Or we can just go down the list and make Tax Cheating, Perjury, Espionage and the rest legal. Oh, wait Eric Holder already did that.

    July 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. BO

    There is a big difference between Obama the lover of the limelight and Bush the true statesman.

    July 10, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "They are by definition CRIMINALS!!! "

    It's a civil offense, Captain Ignorant.

    July 10, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Mikey

    "If any immigration bill is passed while Obama is in office......we will become a Totalitarian state."
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    Now there's some logic for ya. Well at least comments like this are good for a laugh, even if they cast doubt over the general sanity of a certain segment of the political landscape. LOL!

    July 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. The cantankerous One

    Dodging politics like dodging SHOES thrown at him??!!

    HAhahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa

    July 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. devin

    I guess I'll have to flip a coin to see who had the least business being POTUS, GW or BHO.

    July 10, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Wes Scott

    We need to deport Bush back to Connecticut!

    July 10, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Bush believed in compassionate conservatism and immigration reform was one of those compassionate measures."

    He said he believed in compassionate conservatism. Indeed. He campaigned on compassionate conservatism. I have no reason to suggest he isn't a compassionate fellow at heart. His Grand Old Party, though? Not recently.

    July 10, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    It might be insulting to those immigrants Bush is welcoming to US Citizenship (legal immigrants), to have Bush use the day to promote illegal immigration by wishing to move illegals ahead of others who abide by the rules.

    And for any who like to proclaim: "It's a civil offense", then why do we waste billions of dollars for ARMED government agents at the borders. Call it what you like; it IS a serious matter when our borders are violated; also our Visa rules for those who overstay their visit to Disney World by, say, a lifetime, or until made legal.

    July 10, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Jeb

    We're not going to deport 12 million people. It's just not going to happen. Republicans need to wake up to this reality.

    July 10, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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