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Jeb Bush, Phoenix attorney to write book on immigration fixes
Bolick will write a book with ex-Florida governor
by Daniel González - Sept. 16, 2012 10:29 PM
The Republic | azcentral

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is teaming up with conservative Phoenix
attorney Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute to write a book
detailing their take on how to solve illegal immigration and fix the
nation's broken immigration system.

Bolick, known nationally for his work promoting school-choice
policies, said he shares Bush's views on immigration and believes the
harsh enforcement stance taken by some Republicans, including many
GOP leaders in Arizona, is driving away Latinos, whom the party
should be trying to attract.

"Jeb Bush has obviously been a national proponent of immigration
reform, and over the years it became clear that his views and mine
were very similar," Bolick said in an interview with The Republic.

Bush, considered by many to be a potential GOP presidential candidate
in 2016, is among a growing number of influential Republicans who
want to see the party drop the harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration
and adopt what they consider to be a more practical, market-driven
approach that helps businesses and doesn't break up families.

Bush, whose wife is Hispanic, is the brother of former President
George W. Bush, who unsuccessfully pushed for similar immigration
reforms during his administration. They are the sons of former
President George H.W. Bush.

"There has long been a wing of the Republican Party that has been
very forward-looking in terms of a compromise on immigration," and
that wing includes both Jeb Bush and George W. Bush, said Louis
DeSipio, a political-science professor at the University of Califoria-

"The dilemma, of course, is that the vast majority of the members of
the House of Representatives who shape policy these days are really
not part of that wing," DeSipio added.

DeSipio said the GOP, however, is facing growing pressure to change
its stance on immigration from industries experiencing labor shortages.

Some Republicans also are recognizing that harsh rhetoric on
immigration is driving a growing number of Latino voters to the
Democratic Party, he said.

"The recognition is that over time, nationally the Republicans will
not be able to win if they are routinely losing Latinos" to
Democrats, DeSipio said.

Bolick said Arizonans have legitimate concerns about illegal
immigration, and he agrees with those who believe the federal
government isn't doing a good job policing the border. He also agrees
that states have a "vitally important" role in enforcing the law.

"But going out and rounding up people for no other offense than
having broken taillights on their cars, that shows hostility rather
than a genuine desire to solve the problem," Bolick said.

The book, called "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,"
will be published in the spring by Threshold Editions, an imprint of
Simon & Schuster that publishes books with conservative viewpoints.

Bolick said he is writing the book as part of his work as a research
fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

The details are still being worked out, but one of the major points
the book will make is that America needs more immigrants, both high-
and low-skilled, to help pay for public welfare benefits because more
people are retiring and fewer people are being born, he said.

Bolick said the book will oppose amnesty, which he defined as
allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens without facing
penalties. Instead, the book will call for letting illegal immigrants
become legal permanent residents as long as they have clean records
and pay substantial fines. Those who wanted to become citizens would
first have to return to their home country and apply from there, he

The book is sure to rankle conservatives who oppose any kind of
lawful status for illegal immigrants.

Bolick said the book will also advocate that the United States revamp
its visa system by giving green cards to immigrants based more on
their job skills to meet labor demands in the U.S. and less on family
ties. That idea is similar to a proposal included in an overhaul of
the nation's immigration system that Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., helped
draft in 2007 as part of a compromise with Democrats. The legislation

Under the current system, immigrants who become legal permanent
residents or naturalized citizens can petition for a wide circle of
family members, including parents, children and siblings. Bolick
would like to see the family-based visa system limited only to
parents and non-adult children.

"Chain migration has been the 800-pound gorilla," Bolick said. "It
shuts out people we desperately need."

Bolick said that instead of states passing enforcement laws, such as
Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, he would like to see them partner more
with the federal government through programs such as Secure
Communities and 287(g) to deport illegal immigrants who commit state
crimes. Those programs, however, have drawn criticism from
immigration advocates who say they encourage racial profiling by
police and have led to the deportation of large numbers of illegal
immigrants who committed only minor offenses such as driving without
a license.

Bolick said the Republican Party ought to be reaching out to
Hispanics but the illegal-immigration stance by GOP leaders in
Arizona is driving them away from the party.

"Ronald Reagan once said that 'Hispanics are Republicans, they just
don't know it yet,' " Bolick told 12 News. "We share an awful lot of
values, like entrepreneurship and conservative social values. But
Republicans in Arizona, it almost seems like their goal in life is to
alienate Hispanics."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/

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