Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders

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Penguin, May 15, 2008 - Social Science - 256 pages
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A conservative columnist makes an eye-opening case for why immigration improves the lives of Americans and is important for the future of the country

Separating fact from myth in today’s heated immigration debate, a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board contends that foreign workers play a vital role in keeping America prosperous, that maintaining an open-border policy is consistent with free-market economic principals, and that the arguments put forward by opponents of immigration ultimately don’t hold up to scrutiny.

In lucid, jargon-free prose aimed at the general-interest reader, Riley takes on the most common anti-immigrant complaints, including claims that today’s immigrants overpopulate the United States, steal jobs, depress wages, don’t assimilate, and pose an undue threat to homeland security. As the 2008 presidential election approaches with immigration reform on the front burner, Let Them In is essential reading for liberals and conservatives alike who want to bring an informed perspective to the discussion.
 

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Anticipating the upcoming presidential election, Riley, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, here addresses six aspects of the American immigration debate. He begins with a compelling ... Read full review

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The thinking on the immigration, both in the US and even more so in other countries, is dominated by emotional arguments. In the light of that it is truly refreshing to come across a book like "Let Them In" where a principled free-market conservative ideas are promoted. In an era when there is an increasing interconnection and interdependence of world economies on each other, it becomes ever more untenable to insist on free exchange of goods and services, while preventing the free flow of people. This is particularly true in the light of the fact that it is precisely the human capital that drives most of the advanced economies forward.
Reilly is a journalist for Wall Street Journal, and this is reflected in his accessible and engaging writing style. The book is an easy read, well researched, and clear in its arguments. It is quite possible that there are flaws in those arguments, but if there are any they should be dealt on the intellectual and not personal level. The issues dealt in this book are already rife with passions on both sides of the debate and it is not helpful if they are only dealt in the lowest-common-denominator manner. Hopefully this book will help create a way for this debate to be elevated to a higher level of discourse.
 

Contents

WHAT WOULD REAGAN DO?
SAME OLD SAME OLD
SLOUCHING TOWARD GUATEMALA?
RICHER AND SAFER
SIERRA CLUB SECESSIONISTS
THE PUPPETEER
RISE OF THE SOCIAL DARWINISTS
PEOPLE ARE POLLUTION
AMERICAS HARDEST WORKERS
DIGESTING WHAT WEVE EATEN
THE PETER PAN FALLACY
EUROPEANS THEN LATIN AMERICANS NOW
ALL LATINOS ARENT IMMIGRANTS
DEPORT THE MULTICULTURALISTS
RESTRICTIONIST LOSERS
LATINO SWINGERS

THE ULTIMATE RESOURCE
YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ITS GETTING BETTER
JOB STEALERS
THE CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCE
STAYING COMPETITIVE
AUTOMATION NATION?
HELPING BLACKS
FRENCH LESSONS
SNOUTS AT THE TROUGH?
STATE AND LOCAL COSTS
ROBERT RECTOR AND ARITHMETIC
FOOLS GOLD
SAY ANYTHING
AMNESTY AINT THE ANSWER
CRIMINAL ALIEN NATION?
WHOS DRIVING US CRIME RATES?
CONFLATING LATINO IMMIGRATION AND TERRORISM
SHRINKING THE HAYSTACK
HOW WE GOT HERE
HOMELAND SECURITY
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Jason L. Riley is a member of the editorialboard at the Wall Street Journal, where he hasworked since 1994. He appears regularly on theJournal Editorial Report on Fox News. He hasalso appeared on The NewsHour with JimLehrer, Hannity and Colmes and ABC’s WorldNews Tonight. He lives in suburban New YorkCity with his wife and daughter.

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