Book Discussion on Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders

Jason Riley talked about his book Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders (Gotham, 2008). In his book Mr. Riley makes the case for… read more

Jason Riley talked about his book Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders (Gotham, 2008). In his book Mr. Riley makes the case for welcoming more legal immigrants to the United States. Drawing on history, scholarly studies, and first-hand reporting, he argues that newcomers are fueling America’s prosperity and dynamism. He challenges the prevailing views on talk radio and cable TV that immigrants are overpopulating the country, stealing jobs, depressing wages, bankrupting social services, filling prisons, resisting assimilation and promoting big government. Mr. Riley argued that the best way to reduce illegal immigration is to give those who come here to work more ways to legally immigrate. Further, he contends that resources spent on guarding the borders could be reallocated for more effective use on immediate national needs. Michael Barone, author of The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again, joined him in a discussion moderated by Daniel Griswold. They responded to questions from audience members. close

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Book Discussion on Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders

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Nov 8, 2008
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  • Nov 08, 2008 | 3:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 05, 2009 | 5:31am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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