June 26th, 2007
10:26 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush: This is chance to 'fix problem'

President Bush makes remarks on comprehensive immigration reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House compound Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush made an 11th hour plea Tuesday, asking the Senate to pass an immigration bill that has been languishing in that chamber since early June.

His comments came just a couple of hours before the Senate votes on a procedural motion to move ahead with the immigration reform measure, which needs 60 votes to pass.

If that hurdle is cleared, senators will begin considering some two dozen amendments, split evenly between Republicans and Democrats under an agreement brokered by a bipartisan group of senators who crafted the compromise bill.

"I view this as a historic opportunity for Congress to act," Bush told an audience of supporters at the Eisenhower office building. "This is a moment for people who have been elected to come together, focus on a problem and show the American people we can fix a problem."

The bill, Bush said, includes $4.4 billion for enforcement measures, including border protection; sets up a temporary worker program to address the needs of employers who rely on migrants; and requires that migrants learn English.

It's in the nation's interest "to bring people out of the shadows," Bush said.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rick, Kansas City MO

    Bah, if we want to hurt ourselves in the long run its our choice. This man gives no fealty on to us.

    June 26, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Dear President Bush,

    Your immigration plan is going in the trash can where it belongs.

    The citizens of the United States of America are on guard against rogue politicians trying to enforce tyranny on them.

    Not only will we build the wall on our southern border we will provide the armed guards to protect our country.

    We will not accept less.

    June 26, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Travis

    Everyone please note if your senator is for or against this. Then let them pay for it on election day. "A republic, if you can keep it".

    June 26, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Will - Miami, FL

    No – the chance to "fix the problem" is the next election. That's when we're going to "fire" all of the jerks in Congress that are trying to force this bill through.

    Too bad we can't "fire" President Bush while we're at it.

    PS. I'm a republican that USED to support President Bush.

    June 26, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Amy - Cedar Grove, TN

    Is it so hard for this bone-headed President and Congress to comprehend that America doesn’t need a ‘new immigration bill’? We need to enforce the existing laws, not slap on new ones that won’t be obeyed either! The criminals in this country illegally are laughing at Washington, and have been since the last amnesty fiasco. Secure the borders like you promised to get elected guys, and then squabble about new bills that will mean absolutely nothing. If this bill passes, we're going to have a stampede of illegal aliens wanting a piece of the madness!! Every doofus that votes yes for this should be arrested for treason!!

    June 26, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. J. Turchek, Stuart, VA

    The problem is a general refusal by the elites in both parties to enforce the immigration laws in this country. The solution is the 2008 elections.

    June 26, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Bill Jones, Las Vegas, NV

    Why pass new laws when you can not enforce the laws you have on the books now? The reason for the new law is to show the people of the U.S. that the U.S. Senate means business. The only business I see for this new bill is to allow illegal immigrants to come into this country and be a tax slave. Slavery is not dead, it just was reworded and spun inot a new law package.

    June 26, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Funny...this time they DID pre-screen audience members to avoid awkward moments such as the students that openly questioned his policies.

    Now he appears in front of "supporters" at press conferences.

    Doesn't he realize how out of touch he is even with his own party? The average American either Republican or Democrat does not support this legislation.

    June 26, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Catalina Heiras, Bedford, TX

    I came, legally, to this country 25 years ago thinking this government had what my government lacket. What a disppointment... The Bush group is as corrupt as the one in Mexico. What a shame.

    June 26, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Don Lester, Arizona City, Arizona

    Congress is making shadey back room deals to bring the illegals out of the shadows. How ironic is that?

    June 26, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Dee Jacksonville, FL

    Why aren't you listening to the American people.

    June 26, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Scott, Houston TX

    It is the elitists whom will lose their investments if the cost of labor went up because of hiring workers that speak english. I'll go live in california and work on a vineyard, seems kinda peaceful.

    Look these up guys...
    NSPD-51, NSPD-20

    (National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive)

    Fascism is alive and well in our executive branch (which SOMEHOW cheney thinks hes not a part of and not to be held accountable for any shady closed-door dealings)



    June 26, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. anonymous goose creek sc

    up until recently, very recently, i was a die hard dem. after learning that ted kennedy is mostly responsible for this bill, i will re-register as an independent. im losing faith in this countries ability to care for its own. pretty soon i will become an illegal immigrant in some far off land where social benefits are plentiful and i dont have to abide by the law.

    June 26, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Glen, Grand Coulee, WA

    Jimmy Carter gave away the Panama Canal during his "reign of ignorance" and now George W. is trying to outdo him and give away this country to the "illegals"!

    June 26, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Sam Jeffers Palm Harbor FL.

    I will not vote for any body who supports immigration bill regardless of party.

    June 26, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Rick Sanchez

    We all know that as Latin American countries gained their independence, the U.S. was quick to form relationships with countries of the region and offer them aid and assistance in a way that some have characterized as neocolonialism. The U.S. helped Central America develop an agro-industry model to serve the interests of U.S. corporations, agrarian bourgeoisie, and Central American oligarchies (Faber 193). Central American countries began producing only one or two major crops, which forced them to intensify their dependency on the U.S. (Ibid. 51). The expansion of the capitalist export agriculture gave the U.S. virtually unlimited and unrestricted access to the region’s rich natural resources (Ibid. 193).

    Lou Dobbs and Rep. Tom Tancredo neglect to talk about these issues. No time is spent thinking or considering that we may be to blame for this problem of mass migration.

    June 27, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Tatiana Gonzalez North Tonawanda, NY

    American Sweatshops = illegal immigration

    An assembly-line of 15 workers has to make 15 t-shirts every 3 minutes, producing 3,400 shirts each day for US$7 per worker – a paltry 3 cents per shirt.
    Sweatshops can be found around the globe. Crowded t-shirt sweatshops are filled with dust, lint and noisy machinery. Some of the worst t-shirt factories are concentrated in poor Central American countries like Honduras and El Salvador where the average annual wage is less than US$2,500.
    Central American sweatshops are subcontracted by large apparel manufacturers like Gildan Activewear (Honduras) and Fruit of the Loom (El Salvador).

    June 27, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |