June 26th, 2007
01:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush mistakenly calls immigration bill 'amnesty'

Bush mistakenly called the immigration bill 'amnesty' Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – During an immigration reform event on Tuesday, President Bush misspoke when describing the immigration bill pending before the Senate.

“You know, I’ve heard all the rhetoric – you’ve heard it, too – about how this is amnesty,” said the president. “Amnesty means that you’ve got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that.”

The White House released a statement shortly after the Bush’s remarks, saying the bill that he supports “is not an amnesty bill.”

As part of his push for comprehensive immigration reform, President Bush has made numerous calls to legislators on Capitol Hill, and devoted one of his weekly radio addresses to the subject.

- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai

Filed under: Immigration • President Bush
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Many Americans are also working 12-14 hour days these days to make ends meet – especially if you're in computers or IT, where the constant fear of losing your job to outsourcing or H1 immigrants always looms. Pretty soon, we'll be a third world country, too.

    June 28, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Felix Oquendo, San Antonio, Texas

    Well, at least, for once, he said something that most Americans agree with, that no matter how proponents of the immigration bill want to describe it, it is nothing more than amnesty.

    June 28, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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