President Bush, who last week urged his party to show “compassion” on issues like immigration, admitted this week that the view that Republicans don’t like immigrants may not be an accurate one.
BUSH: Take, for example, the immigration debate. That’s obviously a highly contentious issue. And the problem with the initial outcome of the debate was some people said, “well, Republicans don’t like immigrants.” Now, that may be fair or unfair, but that’s the image that came out. And if, you know, the image is “we don’t like immigrants,” then there’s probably someone else out there saying, “well, if they don’t like immigrants, they probably don’t like me as well.”
President Bush, you are right on target with this. Regardless of the arguments about whether or not this view of the GOP is “fair”, it is a widely perceived reality that some lawmakers discriminate against immigrants. Bush is right to urge compassion around this issue, though I must say that it is a surprising stance, based on his record. I guess its never too late to rediscover your humanity.