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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476713464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476713465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The book is a disappointment.
Louise Yeiser McAlpin
Immigration is too complex an issue for a one-size solution that will completely satisfy everyone across the political spectrum, and the authors make this clear.
Ben Kafka
Clint Bolick and Jeb Bush do a wonderful job of showing why there can be a sensible approach while balancing the rule of law.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike North on 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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate W. on April 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you're extremely well-read on immigration policy and its history, America's "browning" demographics, and the costs of chain migration vs. supply-and-demand immigration policies, you may not learn a lot of new information from this book. However, if you're an otherwise informed voter who'd like an easy-to-understand introduction and overview of the core problems with America's immigration system, followed by a six-step plan to solve it, then this book is for you. I found the authors' introductions and Gov. Bush's prologue to be the most compelling parts of the whole book. This is extremely personal for both authors. As a native Floridian, I appreciated many Floridian references laced throughout the book. Also, as a lifelong Republican and proud American, this book helped me understand for the first time how critical a sound, comprehensive approach to immigration will be to restoring American greatness and prosperity. If you've raised an eyebrow in response to any of Gov. Bush's comments related to immigration, this book will add full, much-appreciated context to those comments. The only part that bothered me is the book can get a little repetitive in its points, but perhaps the reinforcement will help you recall what you've read when engaging in conversation about the issue with a friend.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas C. Dranias on March 7, 2013
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This book exceeded my expectations in all respects. This book's data-driven theme is that immigration AND the rule of law are the heart and soul of our nation. Both are essential to the vitality of our economy and culture. It is time to completely revamp immigration policy to open the doors wide to the productive masses of the world who are striving to better themselves while breathing free. At the same time, we need to close the doors on irrational policies that favor chain migration based on nothing other than familial connections. Folks who came here illegally should be embraced if they have proven to be productive otherwise law abiding residents, but they should be sent to the back of the line for any citizenship track in recognition that there is a price to pay for lawlessness. These are among a handful of the policy recommendations made in this great book. They should make perfect sense to anyone who values the entrepreneurial spirit that defines America more so than any place of birth.
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10 of 17 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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