Melting Pot or Civil War?

Melting Pot or Civil War?

A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders

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"For too long, liberals have suggested that only cruel, racist, or nativist bigots would want to restrict immigration. Anyone motivated by compassion and egalitarianism would choose open, or nearly-open, borders--or so the argument goes. Now, Reihan Salam, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants, turns this argument on its head. In this deeply researched but also deeply personal book, Salam shows why uncontrolled immigration is bad for everyone, including people like his family. Our current system has intensified the isolation of our native poor, and 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. If we continue on our current course, in which immigration policy serves wealthy insiders who profit from cheap labor, and cosmopolitan extremists attack the legitimacy of borders, the rise of a new ethnic underclass is inevitable. Even more so than now, class politics will be ethnic politics, and national unity will be impossible. Salam offers a solution, if we have the courage to break with the past and craft an immigration policy that serves our long-term national interests. Rejecting both militant multiculturalism and white identity politics, he argues that limiting total immigration and favoring skilled immigrants will combat rising inequality, balance diversity with assimilation, and foster a new nationalism that puts the interests of all Americans--native-born and foreign-born--first"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Sentinel, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735216273
0735216274
Branch Call Number: JV6483 .S25 2018
325.73 Salam
325.73 Salam
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 22 cm

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blue_dog_31717
May 26, 2019

This book is definitely a must-read for those who want a centrist(and by "centrist", I mean centrist, not radically liberal "centrist", as described by the MSM and Democrats) immigration system that benefits all. This detailed book explains that current issues facing our nation today(offshoring, automation, waves of low-skill immigrants), and offers an all-encompassing solution. However, I will say this about this book: it get's a lot of things right, but his stance of amnesty is absolutely laughable. I understand that some compromise is necessary to convince liberal voters to agree to reform, but Salam's arguments for mass amnesty both encourages further illegal immigration(without going far enough to deter it) and rewards the illegals for doing so(he calls for a universal basic child credit). Overall, I will say this book dragged me slightly closer to the center on immigration, though my fundamental belief's say the same. I give this book an 8/10 and a "Would Recommend Reading" review.

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hinahusain
May 01, 2019

Full disclosure - I went into this expecting it to be some conservative, right-wing defence of strict immigration reform and US protectionism. What I came to find, instead, was an extremely passionate and centrist (as centrist as can be) look at immigration in America today, who it benefits, who is left out, and most importantly, how we can modify it to better serve Americans of today and the future.

There is a lot of information in this book that we don't get from the mainstream media, who present the case mostly for open borders and don't provide any of the nuance on immigration that Salam presents in his book.

To sum it up in a few words, it's basically that low-skilled, mass immigration into the US from poor Central American/Latin countries is going to lead to a populist backlash if we don't enact immigration reform. Nowhere in the book does Salam advocate for mass deportations (he's actually in favour of amnesty), and looks to other Western democracies who have successfully (and unsuccessfully) navigated the immigration issue, proposing amendments to America's current immigration policies.

I thought this was a fantastic (and quick) read. For anyone who thinks they know what the "correct" stance is to take on the polarizing issue of immigration, they should definitely read this book.

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lilypad_1
Nov 11, 2018

Everyone should read this from those who think one more immigrant is too many and those who think we should try and find a way to bring as many in as possible. This author has many ideas for both long and short term paths we could go down depending on our desire for what we want out of immigration. Have very many people really stopped to sit down and thought about that? He is thinking of that and about the 2nd and 3rd and 4th generations and how different policies will affect them and those of us who are already citizens.
This is not a boring policy book, it gives you looks at the lives of many different people and how our immigration policy will affect them and us currently and down the line. I highly recommend it.

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