Earlier today, in a speech given at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, former President George W. Bush affirmed his support for a sensitive and sane, immigration policy.
Here's hoping state and national policy makers are listening...
"George W. Bush – who’s listed the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform as one of the regrets of his presidency – encouraged lawmakers on Tuesday to debate the topic with “a benevolent spirit” and to “keep in mind the contributions of immigrants.”"
"“America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time,” Bush said in a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas."
"Bush gave the remarks at the daylong conference organized by his namesake public policy think tank, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Dallas Fed. The event, focused on immigration and economic growth, features analysis by economists, business leaders and other policy experts."
"The former president stopped short of advocating for a specific immigration policy, although he pushed for a guest-worker program while in the White House. He instead highlighted the important role immigrants play in the economy and said that they “invigorate our soul.”"
"“Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas,” he said. “They fill a critical gap in our labor market. And they work hard for a chance at a better life.”"
"The conference comes after President Barack Obama romped to victory over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the Nov. 6 election, in part because of strong Hispanic support in swing states and backing from 71 percent of Hispanics nationally."
"Given that the demographic is expected to grow for years to come, Republicans in Texas and across the U.S. have started reevaluating how to appeal to Hispanics. That’s despite Democrats looking to build upon that support and create a clearer path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S."
"While the Bush Institute event Tuesday was planned well in advance of the presidential election and the subsequent flurry of immigration talk, Bush’s comments put him in the familiar position of helping lead the GOP’s outreach to the Hispanic community."
"“Growing up here in Texas, like many in this room, I had the honor and privilege of meeting the newly arrived,” Bush said. “Those who I’ve met love their families. They see education as a bright future for their children. Some willingly defend the flag.”"
"“As our nation debates the proper course of action related to immigration,” he added, “I hope do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contributions of immigrants.”"