Former US President George W Bush has come back into the limelight in order to urge Congress to pass America immigration reform, declaring that immigrants help to “invigorate our soul.”
“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,” Bush declared at a conference that the Federal Reserve of Dallas co-hosted on Tuesday. “Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul.”
With US House Republicans getting ready to once again commence talks in regards to immigration reform with the Democrats, the Wall Street Journal says that their allies are raising money in order to support these efforts. Republicans are even forming a super PAC by the name of Republicans for Immigration Reform in order to try and support congressional members who are in support of immigration reform legislation who could face primary challengers when the next election cycle comes around.
Also on Tuesday nearly 250 evangelical Christians, law enforcement officials and representatives of business gathered in Washington in order to press Congress on the US immigration reform issue. GOP Congressional leaders have suddenly become much more interested in the revamping of immigration laws following the Republican Party’s crushing defeat at the recent US Presidential election, where Barack Obama gained overwhelming support from the Hispanic community.
Despite both Democrats and Republicans pushing for a comprehensive new bill, many Republicans remain opposed to changes that would result in the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States being given a path to US citizenship.