Bush to Congress: Fix 'Broken' Immigration

Plus, McCain on Egypt: It was a coup, yank their aid

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 7, 2013 1:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – George W. Bush thinks Congress might actually be chugging toward doing something about a holdover from his days in office: immigration. "Sometimes, it takes time for some of these complex issues to evolve. And it looks like immigration, you know, has a chance to pass," he said today on This Week, per Politico. "The reason to pass immigration reform is not to bolster a Republican Party—it's to fix a system that's broken. Good policy yields good politics as far as I'm concerned." Bush's longtime nemesis John McCain added his voice to the chorus, saying, "We hope and pray that our Republican colleagues will take up the issue, and we can join together, Republicans and Democrats." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Bush on whether Obama's second term is 'Bush's fourth term': "I think the president got into the Oval Office and realized the dangers to the United States, and he's acted in a way that he thinks is necessary to protect the country. Protecting the country is the most important job of the presidency."
  • McCain on Egypt: "It was a coup, and it was the second time in two and a half years that we have seen the military step in. It's a strong indicator of the lack of American leadership and influence since we've urged the military not to do that. Reluctantly, I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election. Morsi was a terrible president ... but the fact is the United States should not be supporting this coup and it's a tough call."
  • Egypt's ambassador to the US Mohamed Tawfik: "Egypt has not undergone a military coup, and it was certainly not run by the military. Today, there is an interim president in place." President Morsi "whipped up religious fervor among his supporters. And there was violence in the air. Leaders from Egyptian parties, from Egyptian religious establishments, from the military, they came together, they said, 'We have to stop this, otherwise violence will spiral out of control.'"

George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive at the African First Ladies Summit, hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Tanzania.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Former president George W. Bush waves following the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Former President George W. Bush at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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