Former president George W. Bush called on Congress to address the immigration debate “with a benevolent spirit."
He spoke about the contributions of immigrants at a conference hosted by an institute in Dallas at the same time the 250 conservative leaders from the faith, law enforcement, and business leaders converged on Washington for a two-day conference supporting immigration reform.
The D.C. gathering, organized by the National Immigration Forum, is part of ongoing grass roots efforts across the country seeking to build support for immigration reform among conservative leaders.
"Americans aren't divided by the immigration debate; rather, politicians on both sides of the aisle use the immigration debate to divide America," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. "That is no longer acceptable. The President and Congress must work together in 2013 to create a 21st century immigration process."