George W. Bush calls immigration ‘a blessing and a strength’ in naturalization ceremony speech

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  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 21, 2019 9:06 p.m.

    @I M LDS 2 - Provo, UT
    March 20, 2019 6:32 a.m.
    "Conservatives are really paranoid, aren't they!"

    No, we just understand the difference between legal and illegal immigration. Democrats don't. We're all for *legal* immigration. Not border jumping. That's not paranoia. That's obeying the law.

  • Deb2 Eugene, OR
    March 20, 2019 10:33 a.m.

    The same bush that yelled, “The Constitution is just a piece of ( cough )....bleep bleep piece of paper..
    Immigrants Do bring great harm to legal citizens... there, I said it.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    March 20, 2019 6:32 a.m.

    Conservatives are really paranoid, aren't they!

  • SLars Provo, UT
    March 19, 2019 11:04 p.m.

    If the Bush family had enforced our laws, we wouldn't be in this position now.

    Giving amnesty to 11-22 million people now would change this country for decades.

    I think both Bush Presidents, Clinton and Obama were open border. Clinton gave out six amnesties.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 19, 2019 6:52 p.m.

    Another Texan, Barbara Jordan, told congress that one key measurement of good immigration policy was that it served the national interest.

    Done right, immigration is a blessing to our nation. That would mean bringing in people with special skills who assimilate to naturalization.

    We don't have that, and haven't since 1965.

    Chain migration serves the families (overwhelming low-skilled, but do nothing to serve our national interest of full employment and living wage for our own. In fact, high immigration levels serve to hinder our own working poor through labor competition.

    The trouble is, the lack of financial responsibility from our foreign-born (car and health insurance, retirement savings) will continue to haunt us all. It is a train wreck in slow motion, and all we get is pity politics.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    March 19, 2019 4:48 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more with the Bushes. Well said. I never understood the outcry against immigration reform back with Bush, and I still don't understand it. We need immigrants, and we should make it easy for them to come. Many, if not most, of our industries rely almost completely on immigrants. For instance, the agriculture industry would wither and die without them. How much do you want to pay for dairy products? The reality is that we can't sustain our economy without immigrants. Another fact is that immigrants start way more small businesses that create jobs than our own citizens.

    The anti-immigrant strain in the GOP is (much) less about the rule of law, and more about the the fear that this country will not remain primarily white. That distresses me, and it's one of the main reasons I left the GOP.

    The families coming from central America, are no different that Elder Uchtdorf's family, who fled separately from East Germany, and made it safely to West Germany and reunited. They needed safety. So do these families seeking asylum at the border - which is 100% legal, BTW. They need a fair hearing. They are coming to protect their children.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    March 19, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    @breitbarts ghost
    "When Bush has a child or grandchild at a hospital that have care delayed because a bus full of illegal aliens had an accident on the highway, he can preach to me from behind his walled compound."

    Did you even read the article? Or at least the title of the article?

    Bush was speaking at a naturalization ceremony, meaning the audience was made up of legal immigrants.

    The article also specifically mentions the Bush Center policy recommendations to Congress, which include more enforcement of existing laws.

    Literally nothing about your 'bus full of illegals' scenario applies to the content of the article nor to Bush's position on the topic.

  • DonCervantes Glen Allen, VA
    March 19, 2019 4:12 p.m.

    I believe that most Americans welcome legal immigration with the intention that the immigrants assimilate into the extant culture. There has been far too much verbal virtuosity from the progressives in both political parties without consideration for American citizens. We should continue to demand representation from our political leaders to protect our borders and stem the tide of the sick, the low-skilled, and the violent before we open our doors for the truly needy.

  • Flipphone , 00
    March 19, 2019 3:59 p.m.

    We all welcome "legal" immigration

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 19, 2019 3:41 p.m.

    Yes, immigration is a blessing and is great. Legal immigration.

    Illegal immigration is illegal and needs to be stopped. But there are those that cannot, or will not, distinguish between the two.

    If you want to immigrate to this great nation, then by all means do so. But only if it is done legally.

  • Breitbarts Ghost👻 , CA
    March 19, 2019 3:29 p.m.

    “So many of us can draw a line somewhere back to a man or woman who had the idea that life could be better — and that hope led them here,”

    When mine came, there was no welfare state. They had to make it on their own, or with the help of family or church. They were then expected to help out with the next group that came.

    Conditions are vastly different. It is much cheaper if we buy them a ticket from Mexico City to Canada, and let the Canooks welfare state take care of them.

    When Bush has a child or grandchild at a hospital that have care delayed because a bus full of illegal aliens had an accident on the highway, he can preach to me from behind his walled compound.

  • Count Rushmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2019 3:12 p.m.

    Right, immigration can be a blessing and a strength when it's done legally, when immigrants come to work, obey the law, and make positive contributions to America.

    The attempt to impute the same benefits to both legal and illegal immigration has not gone unnoticed.

  • Elizabeth Bennet Pemberly, UK, 00
    March 19, 2019 2:59 p.m.

    I don't see George W Bush paying for all those invaders, or allowing his grandchildren to be in the same schools.

    He wants a wall around his country club, but not around his country.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    March 19, 2019 2:19 p.m.

    Candidate GWB was pro-amnesty from 2000 on. His position was astounding, given that the platform never supported that.

    He was well on his way to amnesty when 9/11 happened, which set him back.

    In his second term, he picked up the cause again, even sending his (get this) Homeland Security Secretary to The Hill to lobby for amnesty. "Hi. I'm supposed to protect the border and enforce immigration laws, and I'd like you to grant amnesty to 10 million illegals." It didn't make any sense then, and it doesn't make sense now.

    Bush/Rove did very well in getting Hispanic votes when he ran for Texas governor. This campaign was just an extension of that ID politics.

    The GWB plan was very popular south of the border. See Border Patrol Amnesty Report 2005.

    It was a sad time for conservatives in America.