President Barack Obama on Thursday used the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library to push his agenda for immigration reform.
Speaking alongside all the living former presidents at the ceremony at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Obama noted Bush’s own unsuccessful effort at reform before calling on Congress to pass a plan now.
“Seven years ago President Bush restarted an important conversation by speaking with the American people about our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” Obama said.
He added that even though comprehensive immigration reform “has taken a little longer than any of us expected,” he is “hopeful” that this is the year “we bring it home.”
“If we do it will be in large part thanks to the hard work of President George W. Bush,” Obama said.