Former President George W. Bush defended Dreamers during a speech in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, pressuring Congress to find a solution that allows young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay in America.
“America’s their home,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “They’ve got to get it fixed.”
Bush said immigrants fill the jobs American citizens are unwilling to do and thus should be welcomed to the country.
“There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won’t do,” he said. “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. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”
President Trump has given Congress until March 5 to pass a bill helping Dreamers after he killed the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year.