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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Publisher's Summary

Long before COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd rocked America, Reihan Salam predicted our current unrest - and provided a blueprint for reuniting the country.

"The years to come may see a new populist revolt, driven by the resentments of working-class Americans of color.”  

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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awesome and intelligent. I know I will be reading it over and over. I love his perspective and ideas

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awesome and intelligent. I know I will be reading it over and over. I love his perspective and ideas

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Excellent overview of a more nuanced immigration policy

I really enjoyed this book. It's a fairly light read, definitely aimed at a general audience, but the author makes many persuasive, moderate arguments that are needed now more than ever, at a time when 10 Democratic candidates all raised their hands for the prospect of providing Medicare-for-all style benefits to illegal immigrants, which is as open borders as it gets. The author focuses on the cultural arguments, which are much more persuasive than the distractions about crime and jobs pursued by our president. Highly recommend.

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