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Immigration Policies

What was GW Bush's record on immigration reform?

Did his role as a previous Gov of Texas influence his decisions made or actions taken?

Compare how the borders were protected under GWB vs Obama? Is there any major difference? If so, please share.


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Asked by Sisteract at 3:55 PM on May. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • IMO, if any President would have the working knowledge on immigration issues, it would be one who actually lived and led a border state.

    We certainly didn't get to where we are today overnight. Was Bush attempting to secure votes too? What other tangibles are these folks providing that entice politicianS to turn their backs? Or make the decisions that they make?


    Answer by Sisteract at 3:58 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • do your own homework!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:58 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • Here we go with Bush again..............

    If a friggin' state wants to do this, how can you stop them or blame them?

    The same law is a federal one, too, only not enforced!

    People in Arizona have had enough!

    Nothing goes on forever.

    Bush didn't do anything about it and Clinton damn sure didn't do anything about it!
    So what?

    So let's never DO ANYTHING about it?

    Let's allow the whole damned country to go down the crapper?

    Why can't Obama, and all his minions, just say, "Hey, Arizona has to do what Arizona has to do!"

    OMG, the belly achin'!


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 4:24 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • Well, even HE did a few good things:

    1) Declared the first federal ban on racial profiling.
    During his first State of the Union address in early 2001, President Bush vowed to end racial profiling. In 2003, he acted on his promise by issuing an order to 70 federal law enforcement agencies calling for an end to most forms of racial and ethnic profiling. The ban was not airtight, but it was the first ban of its kind.

    2) Used the bully pulpit to protect American Muslims.
    In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiment was on the rise. Almost every other president in the history of the United States who had faced terrorist attacks from abroad ultimately gave in to xenophobia--President Woodrow Wilson being the most egregious example. President Bush did not, infuriating elements of his base by meeting with pro-Arab and pro-Muslim civil rights groups and holding Muslim events at the White H

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:47 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • 3) Extended federal pension benefits to include same-sex couples.
    Although President Bush's rhetoric has often been troubling, he has yet to change a single federal policy in a way that detrimentally affects LGBT Americans. Couple this with a 2006 bill he signed that gave non-spousal couples the same federal pension standards as married couples, his decision to appoint an openly gay man as U.S. ambassador to Romania, his refusal to turn lesbian and gay families away from the White House Easter egg hunt, his decision not to overturn President Clinton's executive order banning federal employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and his warm words about the vice-president's daughter and her family, and you have an administration that is not as homophobic as many had feared it would be.

    4) Transformed the immigration reform debate.
    In 2006, there was a debate within the Republican-dominated Congress over the

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:48 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • 5) Accepted record numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers.
    During the second term of the Clinton administration, the United States accepted an average of 60,000 refugees per year and 7,000 asylum-seekers per year. From 2001 to 2006, under the leadership of President Bush, the United States accepted more than four times as many asylum-seekers--some 32,000 per year--and an average of 87,000 refugees per year.

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:48 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • George W. Bush made a fool out of himself trying to speak broken Spanglish to the Mexican President when he came to the U.S. on a state visit. (It is to Mr. Vicente Fox's credit that he did not laugh in Bush's face.) Bush did nothing substantial to fix the international border, although he made a few token efforts in that direction once in a while. He also talked of giving a blanket amnesty to the illegal immigrants from Mexico, but was prevented from that insanity by a Congress who heard the uproar from their constituents back in their home states. Congress members no longer care what the home folks think, and Obama is hell-bent on providing an ongoing, forever open-border to every citizen of Mexico, and half of South America too, before he gets stopped.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:53 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • Bush supported illegals. I'm sure it was for votes. Nothing new here. Bush was NOT the "be all, end all" for Republicans/conservatives...not by a long shot!!! The only people who continue to "bash Bush" are those who are deflecting their anger and frustration over our current administration on a past administration.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:02 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • No Keet, I just was wondering if his experience as the Gov and longtime citizen of a border state affected his decisions in this particular area. Perhaps, the shooting of ranchers, drug issues, police issues and all the other associated problems that those in AZ have faced (and are facing) just didn't happen in TX- or at least to Bush's knowledge did not happen. Or maybe, he just didn't care-the votes and other "Things" these folks provided outweighed all the negatives.

     Strange..... Guess politicians are a special breed- they all seem to have the same weaknesses. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.


    Answer by Sisteract at 5:08 PM on May. 11, 2010

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