Bush ‘Disturbed’ By Immigration Debate That Ignores Immigrants’ Contributions

DALLAS, TX - JULY 13: Former president George W. Bush answers a question from moderator David Rubenstein (R) while former president Bill Clinton (L) looks on at the Presidential Leadership Scholars Graduation Ceremony at the George W. Bush Institue  on July 13, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Stewart  F. House/Getty Images)
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Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that he is “disturbed” by the current immigration debate that “undermines the goodness of America” and undervalues the significant good immigrants do in America, according to a Thursday CNN report.

“I think it doesn’t recognize the valuable contributions that immigrants make to our society. And it obscures the fact—the rhetoric does—that the system is broken and needs to be fixed,” he said in response to a question at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was joined at the event by former President Bill Clinton.

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