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Monday, January 12, 2009

Bush Warns GOP about appearing Anti-immigrant

The New York Times reports that during an interview with Brit Hume for Fox News Sunday, President Bush warned his fellow Republicans against appearing “anti-immigrant” while admitting his party got "whipped in 2008".

“Look, obviously we got whipped in 2008, and there will be a new wave of leadership arriving on the scene,” Mr. Bush said. “But it’s very important for our party not to narrow its focus, not to become so inward-looking that we drive people away from a philosophy that is compassionate and decent.”

“We should be open-minded about big issues like immigration reform, because if we’re viewed as anti-somebody — in other words, if the party is viewed as anti-immigrant — then another fellow may say, well, if they’re against the immigrant, they may be against me.”

President Bush along with allies from his party warned time and again that those within the Republican Party opposed to comprehensive immigration reform ran the risk of alienating immigrants. Exited polls from November's election shows that President Bush's fears were correct with a large majority of Latinos turning out to support Democrats.

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