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Immigration

“At its core, immigration is a sign of a confident and successful nation. Immigrants' talent and hard work and love of freedom have helped us become the leader of the world.”
—President George W. Bush

11.9M+

Workers employed at Fortune 500 companies started by immigrants or children of immigrants

13.5%

Percentage of American population that is immigrant, in line with historical norms

7.6%

Percentage of immigrants that are self-employed, compared to 5.6% of native-born Americans

Bold, principle-based solutions for comprehensive immigration reform.

Since America’s founding, immigration has been a vital part of our nation’s story: it helped transform an 18th-century farming colony into the world’s leading innovator and manufacturer — a superpower.  America continues to be strengthened by those who come here in search of a better life. 

When immigrants integrate and advance in our society, they realize their dreams, they renew our spirit, and they add to the unity of the nation. Full integration of immigrants into the American economy and culture is the responsibility of the entire community, not just the job of the immigrants themselves. The success of the country depends upon helping newcomers embrace our common identity as Americans — our shared ideals, history, flag, and language. 

Every year that goes by without reforming our broken immigration system means that we miss opportunities to ensure the future prosperity, vitality, and security of our nation.  At the Bush Institute, we are committed to changing the terms of this debate and offering solutions that are bold and politically viable. 

We are committed to changing the terms of this debate and offering bold, principle-based solutions. Successful immigration reform should be based on the following principles:

  • Focus on employment and skills to meet the needs of our economy
  • Secure our borders with physical barriers, manpower, and technology— and work with our neighbors to ensure they can provide freedom and prosperity to their citizens
  • Uphold our long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers fleeing perilous situations
  • Create a more efficient temporary foreign worker entry program
  • Create a rigorous, fair process for the undocumented to get right with the law, including paying a meaningful fine and taxes, learning English, and documenting work history. Immigrants who meet these conditions, demonstrating they have the character to make a good citizen, should earn the opportunity to apply for citizenship
  • Create a special pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children
Learn more about why Congress should focus on immigration reform

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