George W Bush

Imigration

9/11 and Iraq War

On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial jetliners. Three of them hit their targets in New York and Washington, D.C. A fourth plane crashed into a farmer’s field in Pennsylvania. The war on terror had begun, and President George W. Bush promised all Americans that he would do all he could to prevent another terrorist attack. A comprehensive strategy was formed with the creation of the Homeland Security Department, the Patriot Act, and the authorization of intelligence. Gathering that included monitoring international phone calls made by U.S. citizens. Bush administration also built international coalitions to seek out and destroy Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, where the ruling Taliban government was said to be harboring Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden.
In September, 2002, the Bush administration announced that the United States would preemptively use military force if necessary to prevent threats to its national security by terrorists or "rogue states" especially any that possessed weapons of mass destruction. Based on what would prove to be inaccurate intelligence reports, the Bush administration successfully obtained a UN Security Council resolution to return weapons inspectors to Iraq. Soon afterward, Bush declared that Iraq hadn’t complied with inspections, and on March 20, 2003, the United States launched a successful invasion of Iraq, quickly defeating the Iraqi military. Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, fell on April 9, 2003, and Bush personally declared an end to major combat operations on May 1, 2003. With a power vacuum in place, Iraq soon fell into a sectarian civil war.

Bushes First Immigration Congress

On January 7, in his first formal request to Congress in 2004, President George W. Bush announced his administration's views on immigration reform. The announcement marked the first time Bush has addressed immigration policy in a significant way in the past two years. The proposal, which was delivered in the form of a statement of principles, including , the creation of a temporary worker program for newcomers and for immigrants currently living in the U.S. without authorization. Bush explained that such reform was needed to reduce the potential national security threat of having eight million unidentified, unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

We're a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws

In 2006, George Bush gave the first-ever presidential address on immigration. "We're a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws," Bush stated. "We're also a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in a lot of ways." To fix the immigration system Bush laid out a five-part plan :


  1. A major new investment in border security, including doubling the Border Patrol by the end of 2008, and temporarily deploy 6000 National Guard troops
  2. The temporary worker program, which would include a tamper-proof identification card
  3. Stricter immigration enforcement at businesses, which would reduce exploitation and help slow demand for illegal workers
  4. Promote assimilation by requiring immigrants to learn English
  5. What to do with the approximately twelve million illegal immigrants in the country? [Bush outlined] a rational middle ground between granting an automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant and a program of mass deportation.
  6. we got this information at: http://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/George_W__Bush_Immigration.htm

The speech of immigration

George W. Bush on June 28, 2007 -- after more than a year and a half of speeches designed to get Congress to enact immigration reform.

"The American people understand the status quo is unacceptable when it comes to our immigration laws," he said that day after the Senate voted 53-46 to block a vote on the immigration reform bill. although Sixty votes were needed.

Improving border security and immigration

On January 28, 2008, during his State of the Union address, President Bush reviewed the steps his Administration is taking to improve our border security and address immigration challenges. America's broken immigration system is a major problem that the American people expect their elected leaders to solve. Although Congress has not passed legislation to address the immigration challenges our Nation faces, the Administration continues to build upon progress we have already made in strengthening border security, enforcing our work site laws, keeping our economy well-supplied with vital workers, and helping new Americans assimilate into our society. Yet the Bush will also urge that in order to take the pressure off the border, we need a new way for foreign workers to come here lawfully, on a temporary basis, and support our economy.

2008 Bush's speech

Despite this progress, we do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that. Tonight I’m calling on Congress to provide funding for dramatic improvements in manpower and technology at the border. By the end of 2008, we will increase the number of Border Patrol officers by an additional 6,000. When these new agents are deployed, we will have more than doubled the size of the Border Patrol during my Presidency.
Bush urges Congress to act on immigration law