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DHS admits Obama is deporting fewer illegal aliens than George W. Bush - 03/12/14

So much for the "Deporter in Chief". Pro-illegal immigration activists and incurious members of the establishment media have tried to claim that Barack Obama has deported more illegal aliens than George W Bush. That's despite the fact that back on September 28, 2011 Obama admitted this [1]: "...the statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is with the stronger...

Nancy Pelosi: just being here illegally "is not reason for deportation"; cheers George Bush on immigration - 12/16/13

... downsides of that plan, and see Bush immigration and George W Bush for some of the ways he was "great on immigration". One of the main reasons Bush supported immigration "reform" and mass immigration in general was to help Big Business make more money. One of Bush's immigration plans would have reduced U.S. wages to near world levels. Pelosi's plans are an informal version of that. Bush wanted...

Sarah Jane Glynn of CAP hypes amnesty using studies from Cato, Bush, and the Fed - 07/09/12

In 2010, Rupert Murdoch testified for amnesty using two studies from the progressive Center for American Progress ("CAP"). Now, Sarah Jane Glynn of CAP hypes amnesty using studies from the George W Bush-era Whitehouse, an odious libertarian from the Cato Institute (which is linked to the Koch family), and the Federal Reserve. The events are unrelated, but they illustrate yet again that when it...

Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, George Bush, Dick Armey read from same script on immigration - 06/27/12

I don't know if some third party writes the lines and talking points that illegal immigration supporters use, but sometimes it certainly seems that way. For instance, here are four quotes from Marco Rubio, George W Bush, Barack Obama, and Dick Armey of FreedomWorks all explaining away the inevitability of illegal immigration. Try to guess who said which (answers below): 1. "Many people who come...

Bush, Obama admins suppressed studies showing impact of illegal immigration on public lands - 12/10/09

According to this, Rep. Rob Bishop thinks the Department of the Interior in both the Bush and Obama administration has suppressed two studies showing the damage that illicit traffic is doing to public and other lands on the border: The first, from 2002, was a threat assessment for such places as Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Tohono O'odham...

Bush pardons man convicted of conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens, but not Ramos and Compean - 12/23/08

President George W Bush today pardoned nineteen people and the full list is here: usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/December/08-crm-1148.html Two people not on the list are Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean; pardoning them would send the wrong message: that our borders have meaning. However, showing exactly where his loyalties lie, one of those pardoned was convicted of conspiracy to harbor and...

Bush smears illegal immigration opponents (12/18/2008 edition) - 12/20/08

On December 18, beloved and can't-leave-too-soon president George W Bush spoke at the American Enterprise Institute convocation and said [1] the following (via this): ...And I'm a little concerned about the tone of the immigration debate, labeling our party as "anti"-people. It's one thing to say they want the border enforced, and I understand that. But if a group of people think that a...

Unemployment highest in 15 years, Bush administration won't step up immigration enforcement - 12/05/08

From this: Coming on the heels of layoff announcements by major corporations, including AT&T, Labor Department reports released today show that employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, increasing the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent... The unemployment rate, meanwhile, hit its highest level in 15 years. The data also suggest that of the 430,000 Americans who had been working or seeking work in...

Covert White House propaganda for Senate immigration amnesty bill? - 06/02/07

The previously mentioned NYT article about the backlash against the Bush/Senate amnesty bill contains a very interesting paragraph which, naturally, the NYT didn't follow up on: White House officials said [the backlash] had led them to engage the blogosphere in a concerted way for the first time, posting defenses on liberal and conservative sites. One would think that if White House...

Bush's original "guest" worker scheme revealed - 03/28/07

In this video segment from 2004, Margaret Spellings [1] described how Bush's original "guest" worker scheme would be open to *everyone*, specifically mentioning nurses, teachers, and high-tech workers. In brief, president Bush wanted to open (most of) the U.S. labor market to the world, including (previously) middle-class occupations. Oddly enough, the Democrats completely failed to highlight...

Bush '08 budget only covers half of border fence - 02/05/07

I think we could have seen this coming from 700 miles away: President Bush's new budget would pay for only about half of the 700 miles of U.S.-Mexico border fence he and Congress four months ago promised to build. With Mr. Bush trying to prove to Republicans he is serious about immigration law enforcement, his budget makes good on his promise to fund 3,000 new U.S. Border Patrol agents,...

"Feds admit failure to stop illegal hiring" - 06/21/06

From link: Washington --- The Bush administration acknowledged Monday the wholesale failure of past efforts to enforce immigration laws in the workplace and warned that a major Senate-passed overhaul fails to provide the necessary tools to fix the problem. ...[Stewart Baker, homeland security undersecretary for policy planning] said the administration wants "to avoid the same mistake" made in...

What did we do to deserve this moron? - 05/18/06

A similar picture is here. [UPDATE: That and the following pics are no longer there; links removed.] A scowling closeup with El Presidente pointing his finger is here. In that shot, his shirt looks vaguely like a guayabera. The following shots have a Border Patrol symbol in the background: middle ground, long, and a side view. UPDATE: While I'm not partial to the source, this photo-op appears to...

Bush uncovered: he doesn't know what country he runs - 04/04/06

The Los Angeles Times' offers a four(!)-screener from Peter Wallsten entitled "Immigrant Issues Are Personal for Bush" (link). I believe the best way to characterize it is as a lame attempt to further divide Bush from his base. The subtext of the article is that the latter are opposed to illegal immigration because - quite unlike Bush - they're opposed to Hispanics or Mexicans. The article...

Bush is lying to you about "guest" workers - 02/18/06

Speaking in Tampa yesterday, president Bush offered a fairly standard recitation of his immigration talking points (link), albeit a bit more incoherent than usual. Let's just look at this one lie-rich paragraph: My attitude is, you recognize it for what it is, and you say, you can do this on a temporary basis. You say, if there's a willing employer and a willing worker on a job an American won't...

"Boob Bait for Bubba" - 11/29/05

Rich Lowry (link): The late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called it "boob bait for bubba" — tough-sounding rhetoric designed to placate conservative voters. Moynihan applied the phrase to Bill Clinton's 1992 pledge to "end welfare as we know it," which it later became clear that he had no intention of following through on when he became president (eventually, Republicans pressured...

Worksite arrest of illegal aliens plummeted under Bush - 11/03/05

This article contains a chart of the number of worksite arrests of illegal aliens per year: 1997: 17,554 1999: 2,849 2000: 953 2001: 735 2003: 445 2004: 159 And, here's the letters sent out warning of a fine over violations for hiring illegal aliens: 1997: 865 1999: 417 2000: 178 2001: 100 2003: 162 2004: 3 Now, president Bush says we need to reform our immigration laws? Should...

Bush to illegal aliens: once you're in the U.S., you're home free - 06/22/05

A Government Accountability Office staffer told a House panel yesterday that workplace enforcement of immigration violations had fallen sharply under the Bush administration. For an example, here are the numbers of employers who received formal letters warning about fines for possible violations of immigration laws: Clinton in 1999: 417 employers Bush in 2003: 3 employers They claim this is...

The Big Show on the Border - 10/14/04

From the 10/13 debate, President Bush (link): ...I believe there ought to be a temporary worker card that allows a willing worker and a willing employer to mate up, so long as there's not an American willing to do the job... I wonder how many nurses, teachers, or high-tech workers would work for $8 an hour. Wait, you didn't know that Bush's "guest worker" plan would be open to those people too?...

Bill O'Reilly asks some semi-tough questions - 09/28/04

Bill O'Reilly interviewed President Bush, and the first part of the interview was broadcast on Monday. I didn't see it, but a transcript is here. I couldn't find an official transcript, but since that agrees with the quote printed in Bush: Militarizing Border Won't Stop Illegal Deluge (link). I'm going to assume it's largely accurate. O'Reilly brings up the recent Time Magazine cover story Who...

Bush rebuffed by "Latinos" - 07/09/04

President Bush hasn't learned: President Bush made a pitch for his proposed temporary worker program before the nation's largest Hispanic rights group on Thursday. Bush, via satellite, addressed the League of United Latin American Citizens convention in San Antonio. Bush proposed allowing legal and illegal immigrants to work in the United States under renewable three-year permits... On...

"Mexican ID opens doors for undocumented workers in U.S." - 02/21/03

I created a thread here about the Dallas Morning News article "Mexican ID opens doors for undocumented workers in U.S." (link). The subtitle of the article is 'Critics say 'matricula' is a tool to facilitate illegal immigration', which in a way summarizes the whole article: it's mostly pro-Matricula Consular, with a few anti-MC comments thrown in for a semblance of balance. Of particular note:...