Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants
A powerful new collection of stories and oil paintings highlighting the inspiring journeys of America’s immigrants and the contributions they make to the life and prosperity of our nation
Book on Sale April 20, 2021
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Exhibit Coming to the George W. Bush Presidential Center
April 2021 through January 3, 2022
On April 20, 2021, President George W. Bush will publish a new book entitled Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, which will bring to the forefront the stories of individuals who exemplify our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through 43 powerful four-color portraits — personally painted by the President himself — and their accompanying stories, Out of Many, One reminds us of the countless ways in which America has been strengthened by those who have come here in search of a better life.
A public exhibition of the portraits and an in-depth look at the many issues surrounding the immigration debate in our country will run from April 2021 through January 3, 2022 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
“At its core, immigration is a sign of a confident and successful nation. It says something about our country that people all around the world are willing to leave their homes and leave their families and risk everything to come to our country. Their talent and hard work and love of freedom have helped us become the leader of the world. Our generation must ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty and the most hopeful society the world has ever known. We must always be proud to welcome people as fellow Americans. Our new immigrants are just what they've always been — people willing to risk everything for the dream of freedom.”
— President George W. Bush
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Representing numerous cultures and nearly every region of the world, the men and women featured in Out of Many, One speak to the hard work, determination, and unfaltering optimism that are inherent to both the immigrant spirit and the spirit of America.
The title of the book and the exhibition was inspired by the Great Seal of the United States, which for generations has declared E PLURIBUS UNUM—“out of many, one”—to remind us of America’s exceptional ability to unite individuals from all backgrounds and cultures as one nation. As our country continues to grapple with the complexities of immigration policy, Out of Many, One seeks to put us face-to-face with immigrants themselves so that we may hear their stories and better understand what America has given to them and them to America.
Immigration Policy from the George W. Bush Institute
The Bush Institute believes it is critical to be both a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. Since our inception in 2009, we’ve retained a clear-eyed focus on the need for bold, principle-based solutions that comprehensively address the issues and debate around immigration, including how to securely and effectively manage the border.
Every year that passes without reforming our nation's immigration policy means missed opportunities to ensure the future prosperity, vitality, and security of our country. When immigrants assimilate and advance in our society, they realize their dreams, renew our spirit, and add to the unity of America. The Bush Institute will expand its long-standing policy work on immigration in 2021.
“Across the world, good men and women still dream of starting life anew in America – people who bring energy, and talent, and faith in the future. Often they bring a special love of freedom, because they have seen how life works without it. The great yearning of so many to live in our country presents a significant challenge. America’s elected representatives have a duty to regulate who comes in and when. In meeting this responsibility, it helps to remember that America’s immigrant history made us who we are. Amid all the complications of policy, may we never forget that immigration is a blessing and a strength.”
—President George W. Bush
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