Former President George W. Bush Says Immigrants Crucial to Economy
(KCEN) -- Immigrants are crucial to our economy.
Those words came yesterday from former President George W. Bush at a Dallas conference focused on economic growth.
According to a book the Bush Institute released this summer, immigrants actually help grow the economy by increasing the labor force and filling specific jobs.
As President Bush left office, he warned the Republican party not to become "anti-immigrant."
Congress defeated his promised overhaul of immigration policy in his second term.
Bush said, "As our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, I hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants. Thank you for having me."
Yesterday's conference was hosted by the George W. Bush Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.