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"I'm very disappointed that it didn't pass," he said in an interview with correspondents from his home state. "I'm very worried about the message that said, 'Republicans are anti-immigrant.'"
Bush said he wanted a comprehensive immigration plan "not for political standing or for Latinos, but because it was best for the country," the Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition Friday.
The outgoing president said that in hindsight he should have pushed his immigration proposal soon after the 2004 election, rather than after partisan squabbling over Social Security began.
Originally posted by LostNemesis
The entire time Bush was in office, he seemed to completely ignore the illegal immigrant situation.... And they even stalled on the fence, when it was voted to be built.
He didn't even care to fix that loophole, that makes an illegal a citizen simply for coming over the border and popping out kids.
Food stamps, medical... Why NOT come to the land of the 'free' for freebies?