Former President George W. Bush criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration policies during an appearance in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Bush said the U.S. should “welcome” immigrants and thank them for doing the “jobs that Americans won’t do.”
“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,” he said. “We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”
As for Trump’s position on amnesty for DREAMers, Bush said, “America’s their home.”
On “The Ingraham Angle,” Laura Ingraham said Trump should wear this criticism from Bush as a “badge of honor.”
She said Bush — like his brother Jeb — was never comfortable with the conservatism of Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan or Newt Gingrich, let alone that of Trump.
She said globalist elites like Bush don’t like seeing Trump succeed, so they come out of the woodwork with criticism.
Ingraham said Bush should understand — especially after the American people spoke in the 2016 election — there is no constituency for perpetual military intervention, open borders and unpoliced international trade deals.
“The president should wear the tired Bush critiques as a badge of honor,” Ingraham said. “Trump is doing what previous administrations were unwilling or unable to do.”
As the deadline nears, lawmakers are still working on a deal that would satisfy Trump’s demands for funding for a border wall and other increased security measures. The Trump administration unveiled framework last month that would include a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented immigrations, which is more than double the approximately 700,000 Dreamers in the country.
Bush said on Thursday that the U.S. immigration system is “broken” and needed to be fixed, acknowledging that he “tried, but unsuccessfully.” He also spoke highly of the United States’ relationship with Mexico, according to Reuters.
“It is important for our economy and also important for our soul that the immigration system functions well,” he said. “I view it as a relationship vital for our economy and for our stability. We’ve got to enforce our borders and we’ve got to enforce our laws.”