Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders

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" A clarion call to everyone who cares about the American nation and
every person who see it home. " -- J.D. VANCE, author of Hillbilly Elegy

Why might th son of immigrants call for tighter restrictions on immigration?

For s 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 reasonin goes. Now, Reihan Salam, the nephew of Bangladeshi immigrants, turns this argument on its head.
In deeply researched but also deeply personal ook, 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 asks 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 th 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 ar the ourage 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 concludes 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.
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Published September 25th 2018 by Sentinel

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I am optimisti that voices like Salam 's can encourage policymakers to consider the impact of open border approaches and instead seek ways to compromise while respecting the benefits of immigration moderated by the need for national security and to temper the tides of newcomers to prevent disaster.

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Another book include a lot les than the current immigration crisis ( dare I say " emergency "?

Salam offers the kin of smart solutions that will keep immigration from getting out of hand while still meeting the economic needs that low-skill immigrants currently meet.

Salam points to how immigration can not be separated from economic growth, but erhaps onl in the ays we commonly assume.

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Somewher in he book does Salam advocate for mass deportations ( he 's only in favour of amnesty), and ooks to other Western democracies who have successfully ( and unsuccessfully) navigated the immigration issue, proposing amendments to America 's current immigration policies.

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Even, I do like the notio of preventing immigration by helping people stay in their home country.

I sa instead of sending troops to the border to fight the caravan, we could send the troops to fight the gangs in El Salvador and other central American countries that are raping and killing people.

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On the worldwide imbalance between literally billions of poor who would like to move to western democracies if given hance, and the inability or unwillingness of the latter to accomodate these would-be migrants, Salam 's solution is to fund new charter cities in their native countries that are integrated with global capital and supply chains.

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