George W. Bush Will Discuss the “Blessing” of Immigration While Hosting Naturalization Ceremony

The immigration fight has been one of the hallmarks of Donald Trump’s tenure as president. Republican leadership has largely deferred to Trump’s wishes, even when the solutions we controversial.

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One important Republican figure, however, recognizes the importance of immigration and its value to the country. Today, former president, George W. Bush will host a nationalization ceremony in Dallas, Texas.

In advance of the ceremony, excerpts of the speech have been released. Bush will tell the assembled:

“Generations of new arrivals [have] left their mark on our national character, in traits that friends abroad still recognize as distinctly American: our optimism, our independence and openness to the new, our willingness to strive and to risk, our sense of life as an adventure, dignified by personal freedom and personal responsibility. Such qualities don’t come out of nowhere. A spirit of self-reliance runs deep in our immigrant heritage, along with the humility and kindness to look at someone less fortunate and see yourself.”  

The former president will also highlight some of the dangerous situations many of these immigrants face in their home country. He will continue:

“Across the world, good men and women still dream of starting life anew in America — people who bring energy, talent and a faith in the future. Often they bring a special love of freedom, because they’ve seen how life looks without it.”

While the speech will not directly reference Donald Trump, the message stands at odds with the ideas of the president. The two men do not have a strong relationship and it has been reported that Bush did not vote for Trump in 2016.

The ceremony will take place at 11 AM EST and can be live-streamed here.

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