George W. Bush is the opposite of a hardliner on illegal immigration.Republican advocates of illegal alien amnesty always bring up Bush’s wins among Latino voters and suggest that amnesty will bring th0se votes in.
And yet Bush has challenged the premise of the Gang of 8 that adopting illegal alien amnesty will win Latino votes.
Former President George W. Bush expressed skepticism of the current push for immigration reform, warning Republicans not to adopt a measure just because they hope it will help them at the polls, although he still believes that reform is necessary.
“I think the atmosphere, unlike when I tried it, is better, maybe for the wrong reason,” Bush told The Huffington Post’s Jon Ward. “The right reason is it’s important to reform a broken system. I’m not sure a right reason is that in so doing we win votes. I mean when you do the right thing, I think you win votes, as opposed to doing something that’s the right thing to win votes. Maybe there’s no difference there. It seems like there is to me though.”
I don’t agree with Bush’s position on amnesty, but he makes a very valid point. Having mixed motives may work well for Democrats, but it doesn’t work too well for Republicans.
The idea that Republicans are going to get credit for an illegal alien amnesty implemented under Obama is ridiculous. Instead the GOP will be shooting itself in the foot twice, strengthening Democrats among Latino voters and increasing the number of Democratic voters.
The new converts to amnesty in the Republican Party don’t believe it’s the right thing to do. It’s the convenient thing to do. They think of it as a quick fix that will save them from having to do the hard work of finding real solutions to the problems of this country.