W is back championing a GOP relook at immigration reform. On a side note if Romney (27%) had carried the Latino vote like W (44%) he would have won, never mind the war on women problem.
I think the GOP intends to own the new immigration legislation.
Former President Bush jumps back into immigration debate
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush, who presided over the last attempt to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, reiterated his belief Tuesday that immigrants are a beneficial and integral part of the American way of life.
"Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas. They fill a critical gap in our labor market. They work hard for a chance at a better life," Bush said in a short speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He was speaking ahead of an event sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute spotlighting the positive economic impact of immigration.
In his remarks, Bush praised immigrants as helping "build the nation we have become," saying they will also help "build a dynamic tomorrow."
"Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul," he said. "America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time."
Bush's remarks came nearly a month after the 2012 presidential election, which saw GOP nominee Mitt Romney receive only 27% of the Latino vote, compared to 71% who went for President Barack Obama. That's a dip in Latino support for the Republican candidate from 2008, when 31% of Latinos went for Sen. John McCain. It's a major drop from 2004, when 44% of Latinos supported Bush.
In his final term as president, Bush championed a comprehensive immigration reform measure that would have combined tighter border security rules with a temporary guest worker program. He was unable to garner enough support from members of his own party in the Senate, however, and the bill went down in defeat before making it to his desk.