WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Former President Bill Clinton says that immigration reform is something the country needs, and is “the only way to keep our country growing.”

Speaking on “America with Jorge Ramos” earlier this month, Clinton said he is still hopeful that such a bill could acquire enough Republican votes in Congress, and he said lawmakers and US voters alike should realize the economic impact of rejecting such reforms.

“A lot of people who didn’t vote in the 2000 election – the 2010 election – who could have voted, could have done a better job and we’d have a different Congress and we would have immigration reform,” Clinton told Ramos, who questioned President Obama’s dedication to passing reform.

Clint said that he wished that “all these members of Congress who oppose immigration reform and who feel threatened by it” would take a lesson from Asian countries such as China and Japan who are worried about their own population growth coming to a halt and the economic setbacks it could cause.

“And I think it would give a lot more energy to immigration reform in America. The – we’re going to have to do it, because it’s the only way to keep our country growing. And the sooner we do it, the better.”

Although hopeful for future reforms, Clinton said he is optimistic that with 2014 being an election year the possibility of reforms being passed is more likely next year.


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