Former President George W. Bush is expected to make a rare policy address next week talking about how immigration reform will be good for the country, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Bush will speak at a citizenship ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Wednesday as part of an event titled, “What Immigrants Contribute.”
Bush, whose own efforts to overhaul the immigration system failed, will speak two weeks after the Senate approved a major reform bill which included a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country. A key segment of House Republicans remains strongly opposed to any effort they say will mean amnesty.
It’s unclear whether Bush’s remarks will touch on legislation specifics, but he told the Huffington Post in May he thinks the timing for immigration reform is better now.
“I think the atmosphere, unlike when I tried it, is better, maybe for the wrong reason,” Bush said. “The right reason is it’s important to reform a broken system. I’m not sure a right reason is that in so doing we win votes. I mean when you do the right thing, I think you win votes, as opposed to doing something that’s the right thing to win votes. Maybe there’s no difference there. It seems like there is to me though.”