President Obama on Thursday at the dedication of former President George W. Bush's presidential library gave his predecessor a nod for the work he did on immigration reform.
"We remember (Bush's) commitment to reaching across the aisle," Obama said in Dallas. "To unlikely allies like Teddy Kennedy, because he believed we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some. And that we have to repair a broken immigration system, and that this progress is only possible when we do it together. Now seven years ago, President Bush restarted an important conversation by speaking with the American people about our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And even though comprehensive immigration reform has taken a little longer than any of us expected, I am hopeful that this year, with the help of Speaker Boehner and some of the senators and members of Congress who are here today, that we bring it home for our families, and our economy, and our security, and for this incredible country that we love. And if we do that, it will be in large part thanks to all the hard work of President George W. Bush."