Written by Phil Cerroni
The George W Bush Institute hosted a naturalization ceremony on July 10 during which President George W. Bush personally welcomed 20 new America citizens.
In his speech, President Bush said all forms of immigration must be grounded in both America’s laws and traditions.
“We're a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition –which has strengthened our country in so many ways,” he said. “We're also a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.
“We can uphold our traditions of assimilating immigrants and honoring our heritage as a nation built on the rule of law. But we have a problem. The laws governing the immigration system are broken. The system is broken.”
After the ceremony, the Institute hosted three panels about the benefits immigration presents to the United States. The first panel focused on how immigration, especially in Texas, fuels state economies.
“We’re in Texas, home to 4.2 million immigrants. Texas is also a state that has achieved four percent growth in recent years, and we don’t’ think that’s a coincidence. Americans often forget the contributions that immigrants make to the economy,” said Ambassador James Glassman, Founding Executing Director of the George W. Bush Institute.