George W. Bush expected to offer defense of immigration reform

Former President George W. Bush is expected to argue that immigration reform is a good idea for the country during remarks he is set to deliver on Wednesday.

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The remarks are expected to come during the keynote address at an immigration forum at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, according to multiple reports.

After the speech there will be a panel discussion, according to the Dallas Morning News. The panel is titled "What Immigrants Contribute."

It's still not clear how specific Bush will get on immigration reform. Most members of Congress have called for some kind of overhaul to the nation's immigration system but lawmakers have disagreed on how to go about it. The Senate recently passed an immigration reform bill introduced by a bipartisan group of eight Senate Democrats and Republicans. But a number of House lawmakers say that bill is dead on arrival in their chamber. Some have suggested that the House should focus on crafting its own immigration reform bill or push immigration reform through a series of smaller bills.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently said he would not bring an immigration bill to the floor of his chamber unless that bill has the support of a majority of House Republicans. House Republicans are expected to hold their own discussion on the next steps on immigration reform next week.

Bush himself has experience pushing immigration reform proposal. During his presidency, Congress defeated an immigration overhaul that Bush sought to pass.

Alfonso Aguilar, the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, told the Los Angeles Times that House Republicans "are not going to pay too much attention" to Bush's remarks.

"It's not going to make the difference with conservative Republicans who hold the key to immigration reform in the House," Aguilar said.


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