Former President George W. Bush called for a "benevolent spirit" in efforts to reform the country's immigration system Tuesday, according to CNN.
"As our nation debates a proper course of action relating to immigration, I hope we do so with a benevolent spirit, and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants," Bush said, speaking ahead of an event on the positive economic impact of immigration sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute.
"Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas," Bush said. "They fill a critical gab in our labor market. They work hard for a chance at a better life."
"America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time," he said.