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Bush Attacks Republican Critics Of Amnesty Bill

From those lovers of open borders at the Washington Post:

President Bush greets trainees for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga.

Bush Chides GOP Critics of Immigration Plan

President Says Opponents ‘Haven’t Read the Bill’ and Are Trying to Frighten Americans
By Peter Baker

Wednesday, May 30, 2007; Page A01

GLYNCO, Ga., May 29 — President Bush lashed out at critics within his own party Tuesday, accusing Republican opponents of distorting the immigration deal he negotiated with leading congressional Democrats and playing on the politics of fear to undermine public support.

In stern tones normally reserved for the liberal opposition, Bush said conservatives fighting the immigration proposal “haven’t read the bill” and oppose it in some cases because “it might make somebody else look good.” Their “empty political rhetoric,” he said, threatens to thwart what he called the last, best chance to fix an immigration system that all sides agree is broken.

“If you want to kill the bill, if you don’t want to do what’s right for America, you can pick out one little aspect out of it,” he told thousands of trainees at a federal center here that prepares Border Patrol officers. “You can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all, so the people who wear the uniform in this crowd can do the job we expect them to do.”

The president’s rhetoric underscored the bitter crossfire among Republicans over immigration and the enormous challenge Bush faces in trying to rally his party behind what may be the most significant domestic initiative left in his presidency. The White House has been pressing conservatives to fall in line, sending emissaries to meet with lawmakers and activists, but many on Capitol Hill and on the presidential campaign trail have ignored the administration’s pleadings and rushed to denounce the deal…

Has anyone read the rull 700 plus page bill? Except for maybe some of its primary authors, such as the folks at La Raza. I doubt if Mr. Bush has. 

Note that he doesn’t say which specific parts people are getting so wrong.

As a public service here are both an HTML version and a pdf version of the “Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007,” for those uninformed reactionaries who haven’t yet read it from cover to cover.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 30th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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