Former US President George W. Bush wondered why the US immigration system was the source of much hatred and hostility in a country considered to be one of the “most generous countries.” ”In its dealings with immigrants, who historically known to respect and help all immigrants who seek a better life.
Bush, who is the 43rd President of the United States, claimed – in an article for the Washington Post – that the short answer to this question is that the immigration file has been exploited over the years of a way that does not serve any of the parties. No reform proposal will have credibility in this regard if it is not accompanied by confidence that laws are implemented fairly and in good faith.
On the occasion of the publication of his illustrated book on the theme of immigration and diversity entitled “Out of Many, One”, Bush proposed a set of principles for reform which he drew from his book and from the work of the “George Bush Jr. Presidential Center” which could – as he put it – restore people’s confidence in an immigration system that serves America’s values and interests.
He stressed that these principles are only proposals and that the responsibility for formulating appropriate policies to deal with the immigration file rests with the current political leaders.
He mentioned that the first of these principles, which could be the starting point of the reform, is “deferred action for the arrival of children”, or what is called the “dreamers” program, which protects immigrants who came to the United States. like children.
He noted that these young men – men and women – who grew up in the United States and never knew another country are predominantly Americans and they should never be punished for their parents’ choices.
He also pointed out that the issue of border control also offers another opportunity for political consensus, noting that the United States needs secure and efficient borders, a goal that it can achieve by exploiting all the capabilities it has at its disposal. labor, physical barriers, advanced technology and a strong legal immigration system.
He added that effective border management also includes working closely with neighboring countries to help them build the foundations of freedom and create opportunities so that their citizens can prosper in their home countries, and that Law enforcement efforts alone cannot prevent the tragedies and disastrous scenes caused by crowds of migrants at the border. Publicity
The former US president pointed out that modernizing the political asylum system and encouraging regular immigration to the United States by focusing on attracting highly skilled and highly skilled people are two other important parts of the system. that both parties should strive to put in place.
He also indicated that political leaders could also improve the “temporary entry” program on American soil so that seasonal and other short-term jobs can be more easily filled by expatriate workers, which would help support the economy. economy and benefit immigrants and their families.
As for the millions of people who live illegally in America, granting them some sort of amnesty – according to the former US president – would be a fundamentally unfair move, especially for those who have entered the country legally or are still awaiting their turn. become full citizens.
Therefore, according to him, these people should be taken out of the shadows by a gradual process that ends with obtaining legal residency and full citizenship on the basis of merit, as is the case with any other person requesting this privilege.