George W. Bush Institute


Promoting a modern immigration system that meets the needs of our economy while respecting safety, security, and human dignity.

Painting of the Statue of Liberty.

“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

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. At the George W. 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 using our voice to ensure that the United States reaps the benefits of our longstanding history as a nation of immigrants.

Policy Recommendations

More than ever, America needs the brightest, most talented, and hardest-working people the world has to offer. The objective of immigration policy should be to affirm America as the land of opportunity.

Congress must undertake a top-to-bottom overhaul of our immigration system. A more modern system that meets today’s realities can strengthen American values and keep America economically competitive. Robust border security must be combined with a robust legal immigration system; we can be a lawful society and a welcoming one at the same time. If we maintain the status quo — an immigration system woefully out of date, inefficient, and unwelcoming — we will no longer be the country of freedom and opportunity that we have been since our founding.

Whether accomplished by comprehensive solutions or piecemeal legislation, the result must be the same — a new immigration system that works better for America.


Dreamers living in the United States


miles of physical barriers along our Southern border


Immigrants start businesses at twice the rate of the native-born population


president bush painting.

Portraits of America’s Immigrants by President George W. Bush


A powerful collection of 43 portraits painted by President George W. Bush and accompanying stories that exemplify the promise of America and our proud history as a nation of immigrants.

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.

Portraits pained by President Bush.


Our Team

Read Laura Collins's biography.
Laura Collins

Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative George W. Bush Institute

Read Matthew Rooney's biography.
Matthew Rooney

Senior Advisor George W. Bush Institute

Antonio Garza, Chair

Counsel, White & Case LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

Ben Bernanke

Senior Advisor, Citadel Capital

Thomas DiPiero, Ph.D.

Dean, Dedman College, SMU

Al Hubbard

Chairman, E&A Industries

Reuben Jeffery

President and CEO, Rockefeller & Co.

Robert S. Kaplan

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Elizabeth G. Loboa

Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, SMU

Dan Millimet, Ph.D

Chair, Department of Economics, SMU

Matthew Myers

Dean, Edwin L. Cox of Business, SMU

Pia Orrenius

Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Susan Schwab

Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland




Out of Many, One
Portraits of America's Immigrants

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