The Hill: George W. Bush on immigrants: 'We ought to say thank you and welcome them'
Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that the U.S. needs to “welcome” immigrants and thank them for doing the "jobs that Americans won't do."
Former President George W. Bush has spoken out about the way that Americans treat immigrants. Rather than attack them the former president said we should, “say thank you and welcome them.” He argued that immigrants contribute greatly to our society and their willingness to do jobs that other Americans won’t makes them vital. He was critical of Trump’s recent treatment of immigrants.
“Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees” but Bush argued that often times immigrants are willing to do this work. Speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi Bush was critical about President Trump’s treatment of immigrants, “America’s their home.”
Bush lamented his attempts to fix America’s immigration system saying he “tried, but unsuccessfully.” The former president said it is “important for our soul that the immigration system functions well,” but it is a balancing act because he also claimed that “we’ve got to enforce our borders and we’ve got to enforce our laws.”