“We need to have an immigration policy that is good economic policy,” Barbour said. “Then the politics will take care of itself. Good policy on immigration in the United States is we are in a global battle for capital and labor and we not only need Ph.Ds in science and technology, we need skilled workers and we need unskilled workers.”
Bush likewise believes immigration reform would be good economic policy. But he emphasizes that Republicans first need to change their tone on the issue.
“Change the tone would be the first thing,” Bush told a New York audience. “Second I think we need to have a broader approach” making the issue “an economic issue as much as it is a question of the rule of law.”
Both have cited Ronald Reagan.
“My old boss Ronald Reagan used to say, ‘At the end of the day good policy is good politics,’” said Barbour.