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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)

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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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The following are excerpts from my review of this book to be published in The Social Contract in the Fall 2015 issue, under the title, “Immigration Wars: Jeb Bush, Clint Bolick and the Elitist Libertarian Opposition to Sane Immigration Policy.” [The proofs of the full review are, however, already available at http://www.thesocialcontract.com/pdf/twentysix-one/tsc_26_1_hurlbert.pdf ]

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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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Wolenski on March 19, 2013
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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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The one percent, multi millionaire who lectures Americans to "work harder" to fix the economy only extends his corporate bias to this book. More immigration equals more cheap labor and it doesn't matter what the impact of uncontrolled immigration will have on our society, resources or environment. Check out the book sales on this item and it's easy to see that if "Jeb" can't convince his own party to support him (much less buy his book) he won't be heading to the White House after all. So, it looks like Trump's taking the GOP clown car for a joy ride until they can catch him. Look for his newest book to hit internet shelves soon.
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19 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on March 23, 2013
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The authors begin by contending immigration is a major driver of the American economy, an answer to tremendous demographic challenges, and a remedy for an inadequate K-12 educational system. Unfortunately, these claims fall flat on their face, given that we already have around 12 million illegals within America (along with millions more of their progeny) - yet, our economy has never exhibited such sustained weakness as it now does, our pupil achievement levels vs. other nations have stagnated or declined, and the authors themselves admit that nearly half of Hispanics drop out before completing high school.

Continuing, they voice opposition to current policy giving immigration preference to parents and siblings of U.S. citizens, pointing out that their entry creates an entitlement to vast numbers of other extended family members, and that this creates an infinite number of potential legal 'chain immigrants.' They also point out that a large proportion of this group do not produce work-based benefits, and instead add social costs. In its place, they support limiting such admissions to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, plus grandfathering in all who have applied for reunification at the time a new policy is adopted. Sounds reasonable. But then they support 'allowing extended family relatives pursuing immigration through normal, though EXPANDED (emphasis added), channels.' Now it sounds like a meaningless refinement.

Another suggestion - automatically entitling foreign students with graduate degrees in STEM fields to work visas - if they obtain jobs in those fields. Still another - giving green cards to workers in key occupations requiring special skills after a specified time.
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