A Conversation with Jeb Bush

November 18, 2013

Regardless of where you or your parents are from, you probably have strong feelings about immigration. It’s a divisive issue that requires careful analysis. As the former governor of Florida and the author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, Jeb Bush has given deep thought to crafting a practical, bipartisan approach to immigration policy. FOLCS hosted an invigorating Conversation with a member of one of America’s leading political families.

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Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. During his two terms, Bush remained true to his conservative principles, cutting taxes, vetoing earmarks and championing major reform of government programs. Under his leadership, Florida was on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances, led the nation in job growth, and launched and accelerated restoration of America’s Everglades. In education, Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. As a result, Florida students have made the greatest gains in academic achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states to significantly narrow the achievement gap.

Today, Bush maintains his passion for reform serving as the chairman of two leading education reform organizations: the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Foundation for Florida’s Future.

On March 5, 2013, his book Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, written with leading constitutional litigator Clint Bolick was published by Simon & Schuster: Threshold Editions. Rooted in the fundamental thought that immigration is vital to America’s future – fueling its growth, vibrancy, and creativity – Bush and Bolick have constructed an enduring solution that remains true to the letter of America’s laws and immigrant heritage. The book outlines a compelling six-point strategy for reworking our country’s policies that begins with erasing all existing outdated immigration structures and starting over.