It isn't every day that former president George W. Bush shares his thoughts on immigration and the economy. But he is stepping back into the political fray through the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which hosted a symposium on immigration and the economy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on Tuesday, December 4.
Here are the seven most interesting quotes from the morning's first session, entitled "Immigrants and economic growth: The evidence."
Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul. — George W. Bush
The first generation of Japanese immigrants did not speak English. They were laborers and farmers. ... The next generation of Japanese immigrants became as American as you can imagine. — Robert Asahina
We need immigrants today more than ever before. — Clint Bolick
The more people you have, the more likely someone has a good idea. — Jennifer Hunt
Immigrants change how we work. ... They lower the cost of goods and services that they are producing — Pia Orrenius
It appears that after the 2012 election, we have that rare, historic moment where Democrats and Republicans may be willing to come together. — Clint Bolick
America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. — George W. Bush