Former President Bush declares, “Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul.”

imagesFormer President W. Bush has called upon lawmakers, especially Republicans, to move beyond the rhetoric of division and embrace immigration reform. Bush did push for immigration reform before he left office, but was blocked right-wing forces in his own party. That same right-wing of the Republican party pushed Mitt Romney to the Republican party nomination for President, largely because of his anti-Immigrant positions.

Many Washington watchers believe that the President and Congress will soon face of on legislation similar to the DREAM Act. Although the DREAM Act died on Capitol Hill – election results are certain to resurrect immigration reform.

Bush’s re-election in 2004 was only possible because he won 44% of the Hispanic vote. Romney garnered only 27% of the Hispanic vote in 2012 on his way to defeat. You cannot turn your back on Latinos and immigration policy and win national elections. The Obama administration understands this, and we are confident that we will see real immigration reform this spring. That goal will be easier if Republicans listen to their former leader.


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  1. Tin says:

    Mr. Obama is a master of the tools in the old book How to Lie with Statistics . Let me hhiilhggt a few issues, starting by pointing out that this plot does not represent jobs , but rather the change in jobs (math wonks call this the first derivative ). The correct plot requires a plot of actual jobs; you must add up all of the negative bars on the left. Then you notice that the job gains on the right are negligible.We also must remember that the important issue is POLICY, not PARTY. Following the election of a Democrat Congress in 2006 (off the graph to the left), Bush adopted the Keynesian and corporate socialist policies of the Democrats (as Richard Nixon We are all Keynesians now did, creating the Nixon Carter recession).Keynesians borrow money from the private sector and spend it on politically favored economic activity. The overwhelming body of peer reviewed economic scholarship shows that this loses jobs (tax cuts cause job increases). The first Keynesian stimulus bill was under Bush in early 2008 (jobs dropped). The second is under Obama. Jobs dropped horribly. In short, the policies still being advocated by the Democrats, implemented by a Democrat congress with the complicity of both Republicans and Democrat presidents, have lost nearly 7 million jobs, an average wait of 27 months for reemployment, and a 20% underemployment. Now, the job loss has stopped, for a moment, if we include census employees. Of course, the jobs loss HAD to stop somewhere; everyone can be unemployed. But this is not a vindication of the policies.Admittedly, any Republican who does NOT run on Repeal and Replace will NOT have an effective message against the misgovernment that Democrat policies constitute. They MUST run as Reaganites, recognizing that government is the problem . restoring the rule of law to economic transactions (no more taxpayer money to unions who supported Obama), and lowering the burden of government on people who create jobs.The Democrats could ALSO be successful if they also support such sensible policies. If they do not, they will need to lie with statistics, as in this plot.