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President Bush Speaks on Immigration

Article by Matthew Denhart February 1, 2013 //   1 minute read

Today the George W. Bush Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas joined to co-host a conference on immigration and economic growth. President George W. Bush opened the conference with remarks stressing the importance of immigrants to the very fabric of our country. Below is an excerpt from President Bush's remarks, and an entire transcript of his speech is available here.

America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants have helped build the country that we have become, and immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul. [...] America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.  As our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, I hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants.