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Melting Pot or Civil War?

A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders
Narrated by: Reihan Salam
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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"A clarion call to everyone who cares about the American nation and every person who calls it home." (J. D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy)

Why would a son of immigrants call for tighter restrictions on immigration?

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.

©2018 Reihan Salam (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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A wonderful ideas based conversation

How do we get more of these conversations into the mainstream ... cable TV, talk radio, etc.

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Bravo!

Mr. Salaam gives a well-balanced, even-handed argument in the immigration debate. His narration style is quick, yet thoughtful. I would recommend this audio book to anyone.

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Excellent book for factual information

Disappointed with lack of any concern for the impact of immigration on the American citizens who are unemployed the homeless & veterans not to mention drug addicts which clearly should have some priority. No mention on how to handle the impact of immigration on education either

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Compelling case for immigration compromise

Writing about an intensely polarized topic, Salam makes a compelling case for common-sense compromises. Eye opening and readable.

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exceptional

reihan salam is the voice we need in this debate; methodical, empirical, empathetic and very rational.