George W. Bush Institute
Promoting a modern immigration system that meets the needs of our economy while respecting safety, security, and human dignity.
“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.
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 If we maintain the status quo — an immigration system woefully out of date, inefficient, and unwelcoming — we will no longer be the country of freedom and opportunity that we have been since our founding.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
OUT OF MANY, ONE
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.
NEW AMERICAN STORIES
As a 7 foot tall 20-year-old from Germany, Dirk Nowitzki arrived in Dallas and began learning the challenges that come with starting a new life in a foreign land — and about high expectations from basketball fans. But by the end of his career, Dirk was so beloved that the city named a street after him not because he’s one of best players in NBA history, but because of how much he’s given back to his adopted home.
Roya Mahboob started her first software development company in 2010, becoming one of the first female tech CEOs in Afghanistan. Her success caught the attention of the Taliban. She received threats and was followed. To seek safety and continue her work, Mahboob’s American business partner sponsored her work visa, and she came to the United States in 2014.
At the age of 12 Joseph Kim became a homeless orphan in North Korea. He was forced to live on the streets and scavenge for food. At 15, Kim escaped North Korea to China and with the help of missionaries and representatives from Liberty in North Korea was able to come to the United States. After graduating high school, Kim earned a degree from Bard University and became a U.S. Citizen.
Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative George W. Bush Institute
Senior Advisor George W. Bush Institute
Counsel, White & Case LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Senior Advisor, Citadel Capital
Dean, Dedman College, SMU
Chairman, E&A Industries
President and CEO, Rockefeller & Co.
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, SMU
Chair, Department of Economics, SMU
Dean, Edwin L. Cox of Business, SMU
Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland