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The Bush Center honored America’s immigrant heritage with an official immigration naturalization ceremony on March 18, 2019. Photo by Grant Miller Photography

ICYMI: Immigration in the News

July 31, 2019 3 minute Read by Sarah Boynton Gibbons, Ioanna Papas
Director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Laura Collins shared what successful immigration solutions look like in the Dallas Morning News and in the Washington Examiner.

We believe in smart, skills-based immigration reform. The United States must modernize outdated immigration policy to help resolve the crisis at our southern border and to meet the needs of our vibrant, growing 21st-century economy. This week, Director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Laura Collins talked about what successful immigration solutions look like during a panel discussion covered by the Dallas Morning News and in an opinion piece published by the Washington Examiner.

"The biggest misconceptions about immigration is that illegal entry is the problem," said Collins in the Dallas Morning News article. "The problem is our legal immigration system. We don't have enough legal opportunities for people."

To read the full Dallas Morning News article, click here.

In her opinion piece published by the Washington Examiner, Collins writes:

"The United States needs a long-term strategy that would get at the root cause of why our border is overflowing and help prevent future crises. U.S. domestic immigration policies did not cause the massive wave of Central American migration cresting at our borders. But they are exacerbating the problem, needlessly endangering lives, lining the pockets of criminal organizations, and showing the migrants and the world an unkind America — an image we should not be projecting.

This crisis is a culmination of problems that have simmered for years. Our government agencies are engaged in a fruitless bureaucratic game of whack-a-mole while our political leaders fail to address the underlying issues.

For one thing, metering (a policy limiting the number of asylum seekers allowed to enter the U.S. each day) forces some asylum seekers to wait days, weeks, even months for an opportunity to present themselves at a legal port of entry. This policy only creates incentives for the large number of illegal crossings we are witnessing today."

To read the full article, click here.

To find out more about the Bush Institute's policy recommendations for immigration reform, visit www.bushcenter.org/immigration


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Sarah Boynton Gibbons
Sarah Boynton Gibbons

Sarah Gibbons serves as Senior Manager, Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center with a focus on the Bush Institute’s domestic initiatives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked with clients from Spain to promote wine, architecture and luxury goods in the U.S. market at Janet Kafka and Associates, a Dallas-based international marketing and public relations firm. Boynton also worked in Corporate Communications at Parkland Hospital as a media specialist.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies.  

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Ioanna Papas
Ioanna Papas

Ioanna Papas is a Senior Manager, Editorial for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Before joining the Bush Institute Ioanna worked at Golin and strategically supported her client, Texas Instruments, in making a move from traditional public relations to content marketing with a focus on social media influencers. Prior to joining Golin, she provided support and expertise for a number of clients including Dish Network, UT Southwestern, Sabre Technologies, HOLT CAT, Hillwood and Benefitfocus. In these roles, she assisted in media relations, external campaign development and execution, and provided writing, editing and strategic implementation support.

Ioanna graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in online journalism. After completing multiple internships, one resulting in an article published in the New York Times and winning the Investigative Reporters and Editors student award for investigative reporting, she pursued a journalism career in Beaumont, Texas.

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