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
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)

(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.'"

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Jul 8, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
Traitor, he is trying to get his brother elected by buying the hispanic vote. If the illegals are given legal status, they will become our police officers, nurses in the hospitals. Do you want people who hate American idealiogy becoming your police officers or taking care of you in the hospitals. They will criticize you for not speaking Spanish and get away with it.
Jul 8, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
This is a slap in the face of all the people that have done it right. I don't believe we American's are going to let them get away with it . This is something that should be on the ballot we the people should have a say in something that is going to impact our economy even greater were talking 11 million illegal immigrants . There's countries that don't have that many people. If China can build a massive wall so can we. It's government bullshit. Our cities are overrun by gangs as it is and I'll bet dimes too nickels more than half end up in a gang we Americans don't need another countries dead beats and dope dealers. We have an obligation to ourselves and our children that our laws mean something it's not outdated not to want 11 million now and 22 million the next 3 years. Demand your Representatives have this as a vote instead of shoving it down our throats we don't owe illegal people shit. Maybe Mexico should seek state hood.
Jul 8, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
Our immigration system isn't so much "broken" as it is ignored. We have immigration laws on the books, but people choose to ignore them. Not only those who come here illegally, but those who set up so-called "sanctuary cities". Pres. Obama himself is choosing to ignore deportation laws by telling ICE and Homeland Security officials to cut back on deportations allegedlly because of "sequestration". And this "Gang of 8" bill will only make things worse ecomonically and environmentally, setting up a situation where we will have to do it all over again in 10 to 15 years. Nothing will be "fixed".