WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is writing a book with a title that cuts directly to the emotion and complexity of the subject: Immigration Wars.
"Immigration is an important part of our country's success and if policies are reformed, can be part of restoring and sustaining our greatness as a nation," Bush said in an announcement by the publisher Wednesday.
Bush, who met his wife in Mexico and speaks Spanish, has urged the GOP to moderate its views and rhetoric on the divisive issue, though a harder line still pervades the Republican platform.
He is writing the book — formally called Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution — with Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation as the Goldwater Institute and research fellow with the Hoover Institution.
"The book will present a comprehensive solution based on two core principles: immigration is vital to America's future, fueling its growth, vibrancy and creativity; yet any true and enduring solution must adhere to the rule of the law," read an announcement by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Shuster.
Publication is scheduled for Spring 2013.
Immigration reform has been elusive. Former Florida U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, a Republican, was part of a failed effort in 2007 and his replacement, Sen. Marco Rubio, has also encountered resistance to his plan to grant legal status to some children of illegal immigrants.