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 If we maintain the status quo — an immigration system woefully out of date, inefficient, and unwelcoming — we will no longer be the country of freedom and opportunity that we have been since our founding.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.
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