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LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush has ex­pressed con­cern with the na­tional im­mi­gra­tion de­bate, say­ing the con­ver­sa­tion is ig­nor­ing the “valu­able con­tri­bu­tions” im­mi­grants make to so­ci­ety.

Bush and for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton spoke Thurs­day to grad­u­at­ing stu­dents of the Pres­i­den­tial Lead­er­ship Schol­ars pro­gram at the Clin­ton Pres­i­den­tial Cen­ter in Lit­tle Rock. Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion be­fore the cer­e­mony, Clin­ton also warned of grow­ing global Chinese lead­er­ship.

Both said there’s a need for greater global aid and de­vel­op­ment pro­grams. Bush noted one of the lessons from 9/11 is that na­tional se­cu­rity is de­pen­dent on hu­man con­di­tions world­wide.

They joked about los­ing po­lit­i­cal races and told the schol­ars not to fear fail­ure.

Pres­i­den­tial Lead­er­ship Schol­ars is a joint pro­gram through Clin­ton and Bush’s foun­da­tions and those of for­mer Pres­i­dents Lyn­don B. John­son and Ge­orge H. W. Bush.

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