Thursday, April 03, 2008

An Important Book on an Important Issue

I don't normally pump for books I have not read, but I will make an exception in this case, as I gave Mark Krikorian his first job out of college, got him started in the immigration reform movement, and genuinely think he is a fine writer and thinker. His mother and I are very proud of him.

Earlier this year, Mike Huckabee lifted his entire immigration reform plank from Mark, which is what we call "success" here in Washington.

To order your copy of The New Case Against Immigration, click here. A summary squib on the book follows.

New research reveals why America can no longer afford mass immigration

Mark Krikorian has studied the trends and concluded that America must permanently reduce immigration— both legal and illegal—or face enormous problems in the near future.

His argument is based on facts, not fear. Wherever they come from, today’s immigrants are actually very similar to those who arrived a century ago. But they are coming to a very different America—one where changes in the economy, society, and government create different incentives for newcomers.

Before the upheavals of the 1960s, the U.S. expected its immigrants—from Italy to India—to earn a living, learn English, and become patriotic Americans. But the rise of identity politics, political correctness, and Great Society programs means we no longer make these demands. In short, the problem isn’t them, it’s us. Even positive developments such as technological progress hinder the assimilation of immigrants. It’s easy now for newcomers to live “transnational” lives.

Immigration will be in the headlines through Election Day and beyond, and this controversial book will help drive the debate.

About the Author
Mark Krikorian, the grandson of Armenian immigrants, is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. He is also a longtime contributor to National Review and National Review Online and is the nation’s most frequently quoted immigration expert.

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