Democrats: Bush, GOP ‘scapegoat’ immigrants

VIA CNN.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — — Democrats blamed
President Bush and the Republican Party on Saturday for blocking
immigration legislation through an orchestrated campaign to “scapegoat”
immigrants.

In her party’s weekly radio address, Rep. Hilda Solis of California
said Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennesse, “lack real
leadership to stop extremists in their party” from thwarting
immigration legislation.

Earlier this month, the Senate failed to
pass a bill when Frist and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid could
not agree on a procedure for voting on amendments to legislation that
would strengthen border security, create a guest-worker program and
offer eventual citizenship to many of the estimated 11 million illegal
immigrants in the country.

“What America saw during the last few
weeks did not happen overnight,” said Solis, the daughter of Mexican
and Nicaraguan immigrants. “The Republican Party set out to scapegoat
immigrants in order to divide voters and win elections long ago, just
as they did in the past elections on issues such as gay marriage.”

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