George W. Bush Weighs In on Immigration: 'We Ought to Say Thank You and Welcome Them'

| FEB 8, 2018 | 4:31 PM
Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush And Bill Clinton Attend Graduation Ceremony Of The 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars Class

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Speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, former President George W. Bush critiqued President Donald Trump's handling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally at a young age to remain in the country.

“America's their home,” Bush said, according to the Associated Press. "They've got to get it fixed.

“There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won't do," he continued. "Americans don't want to pick cotton at 105 degrees, but there are people who want [to] put food on their family's tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”

Last fall, Trump announced the program would be coming to an end, giving Congress six months to pass legislation to address the approximately 700,000 “Dreamers” in the country.

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