Borders should be ‘respected,’ says George W. Bush, ex-president who invaded & bombed 4+ nations
Weighing in on the contentious immigration debate that has gripped the country, the Republican ex-president suggested that Americans should find a common middle ground in order to break the political deadlock.
“That starts with recognizing a plain responsibility at the border – and, in an often chaotic situation, being willing to state the obvious: Borders are not arbitrary and they need to be respected – along with the fine men and women of immigration services and our Border Patrol,” he said during a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, hosted at the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.
Former President George W. Bush: "Borders are not arbitrary, and they need to be respected along with the fine men and women of the immigration services and the border patrol." https://t.co/67X765m9Fzpic.twitter.com/XvUnHpPOxC— The Hill (@thehill) March 18, 2019
His comments come as Donald Trump locks horns with Congress over his declared state of the emergency at the US-Mexico border – a crisis that, according to Trump, can be alleviated by building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants.
But is Bush really the right person to lecture America about the sanctity of borders? “No,” answered Twitter.
"Borders need to be respected"— Going Underground on RT (@Underground_RT) March 19, 2019
Iraqis would agree 🙃 https://t.co/Cc9vPUQqaE
“Borders need to be respected? Lmao,” wrote one Twitter user, who then proceeded to tally up the number of civilians and American servicemembers killed and maimed during the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.
“Unless it’s the Iraq border, right?” quipped another netizen.
Unless its the Iraq border, right?— Robert Cheney (@discotechnician) March 19, 2019
Others pointed out that disastrous US policies in Latin and South America have played a key role in destabilizing the region, creating the immigration “mess” which Bush said he was so eager to solve.
destabilization is a bitch to clean up— DevinsOtter(alter ego) (@OldMotherEarth) March 17, 2019
Indeed, it seems odd that the former president would suddenly hold the borders of sovereign nations in such high esteem. Bush, whose popularity has soared among liberals after he shared a cough drop with Michelle Obama, is credited with bombing and/or invading Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia. The US is also believed to have carried out drone attacks in Yemen and the Philippines during Bush’s two terms.
However, unlike other illegal border infringements, Bush was never locked in a cage while he awaited deportation. Instead, he took up painting.
Please just stick to painting. Anything, just paint. Paint border patrol people or immigration workers if you want. Just paint.— Aria Ahrary (@aria_ahrary) March 19, 2019
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