He makes a very Republican point on immigration here.
In a rare public policy speech, former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that immigrants both help the American economy and “invigorate our soul.”
“America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants helped build the country we became, and immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul,” Bush said.
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“I hope we keep in mind the contribution of immigrants to the building of our nation,” Bush said.
“Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas,” he added. “They fill a key gap in our labor market, they work hard for the chance for a better life.”
I don’t disagree with the former president – but the problem we face is that there are too many people who come here in violation of our nation’s laws. Until we deal with the illegal border crossing problem and the reality that we have millions of illegal aliens in this country, will it be possible to provide the sort of welcome to immigrants that we historically have shown to newcomers to our country?