On Friday, former Bush Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, spoke at a conference on the challenges facing the U.S. and global economies. In her remarks, she noted that one of her deepest regrets was not acheiving comprehensive immigration reform during her time in office.
“We need immigration reform. I don’t care if it’s for the person who crawls across the desert to earn $5 an hour, or for Sergey Brin, who came here from Russia and founded Google,” she said at an economic summit at Stanford University. “As a country, we can’t have people living in the shadows. It’s just wrong. It’s not only ineffective, it’s wrong.”
She said immigrants were critical to the country’s financial health, and that reform was needed to fuel the next round of economic growth.
“If we ever lose that and start to believe somehow that it is instead a threat to us to have those people come here, we are going to lose one of the strongest elements not only of our national wealth, but also of our national soul,” she said.
“One of my biggest regrets was that we were not able to get immigration reform.”
Rice is the latest DC leader to join in the chorus of voices calling for comprehensive immigration reform.