Even George W. Bush Doesn’t Support Gang of 8 Illegal Alien Amnesty

George W. Bush

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.

  • onecornpone

    Wow, I'm shocked!

    Perhaps GWB is holding out for his brother's "better" version of amnesty and justice for all river wading, visa jumping lawbreakers?

    Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the former president declared he has "retired from politics"?

    Bottom line: It's hard to say NO when it may result in you being labelled a racist.

    Congress needs to realize, Americans no longer trust monster, comprehensive legislation packages. A few baby steps allowing us to measure executive branch follow through might possibly get passed. Otherwise, forget it. With oCare we learned sensational PR campaigns wrapped around serious legislation do not necessarily lead to favorable outcomes for Americans.

  • 4_Constitution

    I miss you Dubya and wish we had one like you in office instead of Obama.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Whenever principles are abandoned for political expediency the blow back is not far behind. For even if – and it is a big if – Latinos would reward them, the fact of the matter is that the conservative base will abandon the party in droves. Not necessarily by voting for anyone else, but by sitting the election out. There is only so much betrayal that a principled voter will take.

    Besides, you can't put lipstick on a pig by rewarding illegal behavior, unless one is a lawbreaker to begin with – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/20/what-are-the-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • cathy

    Michael Finch, Executive Director, David Horowitz Freedom Center



    Mr. Finch

    Listening to your own words in regards to the illegal immigration issue (Part II – 8:05) … I could not believe what I was hearing. I can only pray that your words do not reflect the position of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

    Would the you be advocating a pathway to citizenship for eleven million Muslims who chose to bypass established legal requirements for entering the United States? In other words … a pathway to eleven million Democratic votes in 2016 … a pathway to destroy the American Way from within.

    A Pandora’s box is being opened in regards to amnesty for illegals from Mexico. A precedence is being established. All nationalities are going to be demanding equal treatment.

    What part of “illegal” is not understood? I felt like I entered the Twilight Zone when I was listening to your position regarding the illegal immigration issue.


  • Cathy


    Marco Rubio, 2009:
    “I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, it demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”

  • Brian Williams

    Amnesty is crucial for the Bush Dynasty. The one real reason is Jeb Bush's son, George P. Bush. He speaks Spanish and looks just like a Mexican. Texas is turning blue, an amnesty gives the Bushes tens of millions of Mexicans the opportunity to vote for George P. Bush.