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President George W. Bush on his new book "Out of Many, One," lending his voice to immigration reform

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President George W. Bush sat down with "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell at the Bush family ranch. The former president discussed immigration reform, his new book "Out of Many, One" and the first immigrant he knew.

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TONY DOKOUPIL: Since leaving the White House more than 12 years ago now, former President George W. Bush has tried to stay out of politics. But that's changing in his new book, "Out Of Many, One." Mr. Bush is lending his voice to one of the most contentious issues in the nation right now-- immigration reform. The book features 43 portraits of immigrants painted by the 43rd president himself. Each painting tells the story of that immigrant, and our CBS News anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell visited the Bush family ranch in Crawford Texas, home of Mr. Bush's art studio, to learn more earlier this month.

GEORGE W BUSH: If they pay their taxes and--

NORAH O'DONNELL: First immigrant you knew?

GEORGE W BUSH: First immigrant I knew.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Paula Rendon.

GEORGE W BUSH: That's right.

NORAH O'DONNELL: One of the immigrants former President George W. Bush painted may not be famous to the rest of us, but she's one of the most treasured people in the Bush family.

GEORGE W BUSH: I was 13 years old, mother and dad had hired her to come and help with our family. She left three kids behind in Mexico. I'll never forget opening the doors-- pouring rain in Houston-- and there she was, tiny, little woman huddled and scared to death. And she taught me a lot about immigrants and dreams.

NORAH O'DONNELL: President Bush doesn't just paint immigrants--

You're in the tree farming business?

GEORGE W BUSH: Yeah, baby. We're selling trees.


--he employs them to work on his 90-acre tree farm.

GEORGE W BUSH: There are eight Mexican guys working on the tree farm here because of the worker visas and they're incredibly good workers. But more importantly is they're here to support their families and they send money back home.

NORAH O'DONNELL: In your second run for office, you won 44% of the Hispanic vote.



Yes. No Republican has matched that.


NORAH O'DONNELL: Do you believe the Republican Party can still win if it does not welcome Hispanic voters?

GEORGE W BUSH: I think the Republican Party's values are shared by most Latino voters. I think that it requires leaders and candidates to say, I care about you. You know, not only do I want your vote, I want you to be able to feel comfortable about what America offers all citizens.

NORAH O'DONNELL: President Bush hopes getting back into the immigration debate will change the tone, not just in his party but across the nation. Norah O'Donnell, CBS News, Crawford, Texas.

ANTHONY MASON: What a very personal and interesting way to enter the discussion, you know--

GAYLE KING: Yeah, baby, we're selling trees?

ANTHONY MASON: We're selling trees.


TONY DOKOUPIL: Oh yeah, baby. We're selling trees.

GAYLE KING: I love him and Norah together.

ANTHONY MASON: Well, there's that.

GAYLE KING: That was fun, but I know what you mean.

ANTHONY MASON: Doing a book of paintings on immigrants.



ANTHONY MASON: I mean, what a great idea.

GAYLE KING: And they look good, too. The paintings look good. He really does seem to be enjoying his next chapter--


GAYLE KING: --outside of the White House. There was such a cute shot of Norah and Mr. and Mrs. Bush riding around and having a great conversation.

ANTHONY MASON: Yeah. Baby, we're selling trees.

TONY DOKOUPIL: I think it was the first vehicle he had driven in many years.

GAYLE KING: And the book looks good.