The op-ed was published ahead of Bush’s interview with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell that’s set to air in clips beginning Sunday, in which he said he’s “ready to re-enter the debate on immigration.” In his piece, Bush called for a path to citizenship for “Dreamers,” increased border security, working with other countries to stem the root causes of migration as well a “modernized” asylum system and higher levels of legal immigration, “focused on employment and skills.”

He also said that amnesty for millions of undocumented people would be “fundamentally unfair” for others who have legal immigration status or are waiting to become citizens. But he also said that undocumented immigrants should be able to earn residency and citizenship gradually via employment, paying taxes, “English proficiency and knowledge of U.S. history and civics, and a clean background check.”

“No proposal on immigration will have credibility without confidence that our laws are carried out consistently and in good faith,” Bush wrote.

Bush attempted to pass immigration reform through when he was in office, but failed to get the legislation through Congress. In the interview with CBS, Bush said not getting immigration reform passed was one of the “biggest disappointments” as president.

“I campaigned on immigration reform. I made it abundantly clear to voters this is something I intended to do,” Bush said.

Since Bush left office, Congress has been unable to pass significant immigration reform, with Trump and former President Barack Obama both relying heavily on executive action.

“All that means is that Congress isn’t doing its job,” Bush said in the CBS interview.

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