Former President George W. Bush wants Republicans to consider immigration on its own merits, not just as a party saving piece of legislation, he said during an interview on ABC's This Week. "Sometimes, it takes time for some of these complex issues to evolve. And it looks like immigration, you know, has a chance to pass," Bush said. "The reason to pass immigration reform is not to bolster a Republican Party -- it's to fix a system that's broken. Good policy yields good politics as far as I'm concerned." The bill's uncertain future in the House after the Senate passed it last week is causing some concern. But Bush argues the bill is too important not to pass. "It's very important to fix a broken system, to treat people with respect and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people," Bush said. "It's a very difficult bill to pass because there's a lotta moving parts. And the legislative process is-- can be ugly. But it looks like they're making some progress."
Meanwhile, a House representative from Texas said the immigration bill was just the Senate throwing "a bunch of candy" at the border to earn votes. Rep. Mike McCaul told CBS's Face the Nation how displeasing the Senate's immigration bill is. "What the Senate just passed was, again, a bunch of candy thrown down there -- a bunch of assets thrown down there to gain votes but without a methodical, smart border approach. We want a smart border and smart immigration plan, something that makes sense," McCaul said. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee accused the President of wanting the immigration bill to fail so the Democrats have political leverage heading into the 2014 midterm elections. "The White House would like to see this fail in the House so that [Obama] can blame the House of Representatives for that and then try to take back the House of Representatives and then all bets are off on his agenda," McCaul said.