W. on his efforts to reform immigration laws when he was President

November 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

George W. Bush in his new bio, says that the failure to reform the U.S.’s immigration laws is the result of pressure from the electoral process to select ideological pure candidates. During his second term in office, Bush proposed comprehensive immigration reform, that would have granted citizenship to illegal immigrants who paid fines and learned English, but he was stopped by congressional leaders in his own Republican Party. In ‘Decision Points’, the name of his memoirs, Bush stated ‘the failure of immigration reform points out larger concerns about the direction of our politics.’ Bush also said the blend of isolationism, protectionism and nativism that affected the immigration debate also led Congress to block free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, adding that lawmakers on both sides of the political fence have been impractical on the issue. He believes that those tied to organized labor opposed guest worker program necessary for economic growth, and conservatives opposed citizenship as well as measures that would stop human rights abuses and the exploitation of undocumented workers. (from My San Antonio News)

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