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Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution [Kindle Edition]

Jeb Bush , Clint Bolick
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Book Description

The immigration debate has challenged our nation since its founding. But today, it divides Americans more stridently than ever, due to a chronic failure of national leadership by both parties. Here at last is an attainable resolution guided by two core principles: first, immigration is vital to America’s future; second, any enduring resolution must adhere to the rule of law.

Unfortunately, current laws are so cumbersome and irrational that millions have circumvented them and entered the United States illegally, taxing our system to the breaking point. Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick contend there are other unique factors currently at play: America’s future population expansion will come solely from immigrants. And for the first time, the U.S. must compete with other countries for immigrant workers and their skills.

In the first book to offer a practical, nonpartisan approach, Bush and Bolick propose a compelling six-point strategy for reworking our policies that begins with erasing all existing, outdated immigration structures and starting over. From there, Immigration Wars details their plan for advancing the national goals that immigration policy is supposed to achieve: build a demand-driven immigration system; increase states’ autonomy based on varying needs; reduce the significant physical risks and financial costs imposed by illegal immigration; unite Mexico and America in their common war against drug cartels; and educate aspiring citizens in our nation’s founding principles and why they still matter.

Here too is a viable variation of the DREAM Act as a legal status for children brought here illegally, and sound strategies for the Republican Party to revitalize their ever-decreasing core constituency.

With Immigration Wars as a beacon of hope, Americans can finally solidify a national identity that is based on a set of ideals enriched and reinvigorated by immigrants, most of whom fervently embrace our core values—family, faith, hard work, education, and patriotism.


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"About as sensible a look at immigration policy as one will find these days." (Vincent J. Cannato, The Wall Street Journal)

"Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick’s Immigration Wars is a must-read for every citizen, wannabe citizen, legal working resident and those illegally working in the shadows of our economy." (The Washington Times)

About the Author

Jeb Bush is a former two-term governor of Florida and currently serves as president of Jeb Bush and Associates, a consulting firm that serves a wide array of businesses. Governor Bush is chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, whose purpose is to promote meaningful K-12 reform in the United States. In addition, he is co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and is active in many civic and charitable causes. He resides in Miami with Columba, his wife of thirty-eight years.

Clint Bolick is vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix and is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution. One of the nation’s leading constitutional litigators, Bolick has won numerous landmark legal victories in state and federal courts from coast to coast. Bolick has been profiled twice in The New York Times and writes extensively for The Wall Street Journal and other publications. 

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  • File Size: 2010 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476713456
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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The following are excerpts from my review of this book to be published in The Social Contract later this (2015) spring, under the title, “Immigration Wars: Jeb Bush, Clint Bolick and the Elitist Libertarian Opposition to Sane Immigration Policy.”

Two years ago Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick published a book that assumes special relevance now that Bush is a Republican candidate for president in the 2016 election. The book: Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (Threshold Editions, New York, 2013). Bush earlier was co-chairman of a Council of Foreign Relations 19-member task force that published in 2009 a white paper titled U.S. Immigration Policy that anticipated most of the key ideas in this book.

Bush is to be commended for having had the courage to detail his position on the many different aspects of the immigration issue. No issue is so critical to the economic, social and environmental future of the U.S. Yet rarely do we get from any political candidates, let alone those for the presidency, much more than vague platitudes. The mainline media on both the left and the right rarely challenge their evasiveness. And the media and the politicians often treat as taboo the most critical topics. During the 2012 presidential campaign, for example, how many debate moderators, talk show hosts or television pundits did we hear asking candidates whether they thought total annual legal immigration should be increased or decreased and, if one or the other, by how much?

The following essay analyzes Immigration Wars for both its style and substance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immigration Wars June 15, 2013
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I just finished reading Immigration Wars by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick. I found their views to be similar to my own, so I'd like to pass on this summary book report. Chapter one lays out their proposal and the remaining chapters make the case for why this is good for America. Only in the "Postscript" do they make partisan arguments, why this is good for Republicans.

Their proposal has six steps.

1 - "Fundamental Reform," is a generalization arguing that the current system is broken and can't be fixed piecemeal, both from the standpoint of implementation and the issue of getting it through Congress.

2 - "A Demand-Driven Immigration System," [sometimes called market-driven] is needed. They bring up the problem of "extended family reunification," which leads to "chain migration." Current law allows legal immigration of family members of permanent legal residents, not just citizens, where family members include spouses, parents, siblings, and adult children. In the simplest example the permanent legal residents bring their spouses, who bring their siblings, who bring their spouses, etc. The result is that these immigrants crowd out those that come here to work, and they are more likely to receive benefits than those that come legally to work. [The first I learned about chain immigration was in a recent article by Jeb in the Wall Street Journal. He pointed out that while some people (like me) would like to see illegals go back to their home country and stand in line, the line is a mile long and it isn't moving.] Bush and Bolick would limit family reunification to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens (more restrictive than permanent legal residents) thus allowing reunification of immediate families while making room for more workers.
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Jeb Bush's recent book Immigration Wars, is a book for the sake of a book. Jeb proffers neither special insight into the immigration reform debate nor an original thought on immigration that I have not already read in USA Today. If you follow the immigration debate in the news, and you watch your occasional Sunday morning political talk show, then you can skip the first 60 pages of this book without missing much. Of particular annoyance to me was the contradiction between Jeb's constant attacks on President Obama's policies and his repeated use of the phrase "bipartisan support" for immigration reform.

The first part of the book details Jeb's 6 Point Plan on immigration reform. In this section, Jeb talks about the need for comprehensive immigration form, and an increased role of the states in immigration, among other things. Although I appreciate Jeb putting his thoughts down on paper, I was not impressed by the creativity of his idea. Jeb's first point here simply argues for "comprehensive immigration reform" (comprehensive as compared to what? Piece-meal immigration reform?) The only statement here worth noting is Jeb's stance that illegal aliens who come to the U.S. as adults should not be allowed to become citizens unless they leave the country and apply for citizenship through the traditional channels. I thought this a fairly bold thing to say given the likelihood that the Prospective Immigrant Visa will soon become law.

Once you've finished the first 60 pages (if you read that far) you can skip the rest and not worry about missing much. The total length of the book is only 225 pages, double-spaced with wide margins. It is not necessarily a book on immigration as it is an essay on immigration.
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This was a good read. Very informative.
Published 1 month ago by Sonnys of Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound platform for renewal
He is not merely a well informed visionary but one who has been able to translate his ideals into reality, for example as seen in his track record in educational reform. Read more
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Too high level and generalized but includes some good ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recognizes the real issues
Being a non-immigrant myself who knows how difficult it is to immigrate to the U.S. legally just for wanting to live here, I command The authors for recognizing the underlying... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to issues facing Immigrants and US Policy Failures
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