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Bush Criticizes GOP Isolationism, Anti-Immigration Rhetoric

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FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo, former President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

(AP) — George W. Bush says the Republican Party he served as president has become “isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist.” Bush says he’s especially concerned about anti-immigration rhetoric.

Bush says America “is a beautiful country” but not “when we condemn, call people names and scare people about immigration.” Bush told NBC his new book, “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants,” aims to “elevate the discourse.”

Bush was in New York on Tuesday to preside over a naturalization ceremony. Bush did not mention former President Donald Trump, who aggressively curbed legal and illegal immigration and sought to build a wall at the southwest border with Mexico to keep out migrants.

 

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