The Bush Institute: Immigration Series


Every year that goes by without reforming the United States immigration system means a missed opportunity to ensure the future prosperity, vitality, and security of our nation.

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Series Chapters
Chapter 1

Solutions for Undocumented Immigrants

Most undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States for decades, and many have U.S.-citizen children. They have filled an important role in our economy.

Chapter 2

Employment and Skill-Based Immigration

Immigration laws that admit more immigrants based on their skills, education, and work experience will get workers into open jobs and strengthen our economy.

Read the article Immigration and a Tight Job Market.
Aug 19, 2021

Immigration and a Tight Job Market

By: Matthew Rooney
We can boost growth and job creation by, among other things, welcoming immigrants, and temporary workers as we have done for most of our history. American workers and their families and all of our communities will be better off when we do.
Chapter 3

Border Management

America needs a border solution that is nimble and makes sense for the 21st century.

Read the article Smart Border Policy For The 21st Century.
Border patrol vehicle.
Feb 17, 2021

Smart Border Policy For The 21st Century

By: Matthew Rooney, Laura Collins
From migration to trade to security, policy solutions must recognize that today’s reality and tomorrow’s problems require a comprehensive solution to the border.
Chapter 4

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Refugees and asylum seekers are unable to return to their home country due to persecution or a fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Read the article North America is the key to Central America.
Jul 21, 2022

North America is the key to Central America

By: Matthew Rooney
As part of an ongoing series from the Wilson Center, the Bush Institute's Matthew Rooney shares how linking USMCA with CAFTA will contribute greatly to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, rampant crime, and institutional weakness in Central America.
Read the article American Leadership on Welcoming Refugees.
Refugees from Honduras
Feb 12, 2021

American Leadership on Welcoming Refugees

By: Chris Walsh
The United States is uniquely positioned through its political and economic might to address the conditions that foster displacement and extremism, and lead humanitarian efforts to combat them.
Chapter 5


Dreamers — children who were brought to the United States without documentation — should have the opportunity to become American citizens.

Chapter 6

Our Shared Responsibility

All of us benefit when new Americans weave the cultures and customs of their birthplace into the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the United States.

Read the article Mario Lopez on Modernizing Our Immigration System.
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Aug 12, 2021

Mario Lopez on Modernizing Our Immigration System

Featuring: Holly Kuzmich
In a recent conversation on immigration, Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich sat down with Mario Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, to discuss the need to modernize our immigration system, the volume of misinformation around the issue of immigration, and more.