George W Bush penned a Washington Post op-ed on how to approach immigration reform, and the piece includes some of the former president’s artwork.
In the piece, Bush notes he is publishing a new collection of paintings, entitled “Out of Many, One.” (Bush previously published a collection of portraits of American veterans.)
The new book is meant to share portraits of some of America’s immigrants and “humanize the debate on immigration and reform,” Bush said.
The former president writes:
The help and respect historically accorded to new arrivals is one reason so many people still aspire and wait to become Americans. So how is it that in a country more generous to new arrivals than any other, immigration policy is the source of so much rancor and ill will? The short answer is that the issue has been exploited in ways that do little credit to either party. And no proposal on immigration will have credibility without confidence that our laws are carried out consistently and in good faith. ...
One place to start is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Americans who favor a path to citizenship for those brought here as children, known as ‘dreamers,’ are not advocating open borders. They just recognize that young men and women who grew up in the United States, and who never knew any other place as home, are fundamentally American. And they ought not be punished for choices made by their parents.
Another opportunity for agreement is the border. I have long said that we can be both a lawful and a welcoming nation at the same time. We need a secure and efficient border, and we should apply all the necessary resources — manpower, physical barriers, advanced technology, streamlined and efficient ports of entry, and a robust legal immigration system — to assure it.
Bush’s op-ed comes as Republicans have fiercely criticized Joe Biden over his handling of the US-Mexican border, which saw last month the highest number of migrants attempting to enter the country compared to any point in the past 15 years.