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Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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"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
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Especially these three profound statements that seem to suggest his vision and modus operandi for renewal of America's greatness as a nation, stood out in my mind.
" But we cannot allow our dysfunctional political system and the political correctness of our times to stymie the great American tradition by which values rather than race or ethnicity define what it is to be an American" (Kindle book Location 96)
" We cannot sacrifice needed and overdue reform on the altar of partisanship especially when the solutions transcend the partisan divide." (Kindle book location 756)
and what seems to be the central thesis of his book, his view that
" Immigration policy and education policy are joined at the hip. Fundamental reform is required for each. And progress in one reinforces progress in the other" ( Kindle book Location1930)
I think that anyone who is really interested in shaping the next phase of American greatness should not only read this book but seriously consider its proposals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jeb writes very clearly and well. Don't go by all the disgusting lies Donald Trump panders. GET EDUCATED on the problem, so you'll not be fooled.Published 2 months ago by brainout
Jeb mentioned during the Republican debate that this book cost $2.99. Just another lie from a politician.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
...if the book would cost $2.99 as promised. We'll see what will happen.Published 5 months ago by Marcel Dupasquier
$2.99? Jeb Bush is just another politician lying trying to get votes! Definitely won't be buying this! And hope that Bush doesn't get to the General Election.Published 5 months ago by Korey Smith
After watching the Republican debate I decided to check out this book. I thought it could be an interesting read for $2.99 as that's what Jeb said it cost. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael McDonald
Every American needs to read this. It makes sense where none other does. It helped me to formulate my own vision for immigration reform. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CuriousMike
Quite a history lesson. Extremely thoughtful and appropriate.Published 9 months ago by tom finnicum