“In the beautiful words of President Bush, that he spoke about yesterday in his speech and has over time, we have to respect what immigration is to our country.
"I believe that it is the source of constant reinvigoration of
“I’ve said over and over again that President Bush had been the best on immigration. He understood it intellectually. He believed in it. As a former governor of
Pelosi’s lavish praise was in sharp contrast to her characterization of Bush as “a total failure” during a July 17, 2008 interview on CNN.
The San Francisco Democrat added that she believes the immigration reform bill will pass in the House “for the simple reason that the American people want us to have it.”
“President George W. Bush urged a positive resolution to the debate and expressed hope that we keep a benevolent spirit in mind and we understand contributions immigrants make to our country,” Pelosi stated.
Bush said in his speech that while
“We can uphold our traditions of assimilating immigrants and honoring our heritage of a nation built on the rule of law. But we have a problem. The laws governing the immigration system aren’t working. The system is broken. We’re now in an important debate in reforming those laws, and that’s good.” he added.
“I don’t intend to get involved in the politics or the specifics of policy,” the former president stated, “but I do hope that there is a positive resolution to the debate.
"And I hope during the debate, that we keep a benevolent spirit in mind, and we understand the contributions immigrants make to our country. We must remember that the vast majority of immigrants are decent people that work hard and support their families and practice their faith and lead responsible lives.”