Melting pot or civil war: A son of immigrants makes the case against open borders – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

5th February 2019 Off By binary
Melting pot or civil war: A son of immigrants makes the case against open borders – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise
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What should US immigration policy look like? A long-read Q&A with Reihan Salam (Podcast)

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Immigration policy has long divided America. It continues to be one of the country’s biggest issues, yet substantive discussion often gets sidelined. In “Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders” (Sentinel, 2018), Reihan Salam delivers a rational, considered, and egalitarian argument against open borders.

In his book, Mr. Salam argues that uncontrolled immigration is bad for almost all Americans, including those who belong to immigrant communities. Our current system has intensified the isolation of our native poor, and it risks ghettoizing the children of poor immigrants. It ignores the challenges posed by the declining demand for less-skilled labor, even as it exacerbates ethnic inequality and deepens our political divides. Rejecting both cosmopolitan extremism and white identity politics, Mr. Salam makes the case that limiting total immigration and favoring skilled immigrants will combat rising inequality, balance diversity with assimilation, and foster a new, unifying nationalism.

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