Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bush Blames Democrat for Immigration Impasse

NYT— President Bush lashed out today at the Senate's Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, accusing him of using gimmickry to stall an immigration bill that millions of Americans want enacted.

"I was encouraged last week when members of the United States Senate reached a promising bipartisan compromise on comprehensive immigration reform," Mr. Bush said at a gathering of small-business leaders here. "That was a hopeful sign."

"Unfortunately, the compromise was blocked by the Senate Democratic minority leader," the president went on. "He refused to allow senators to move forward and vote for amendments to the bill.

"It was a procedural gimmick that meant he was single-handedly thwarting the will of the American people and impeding bipartisan efforts to secure this border and make this immigration system of ours more humane and rational."

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