Fareed Zakaria on the Immigration Debate

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“Americans are debating the issue of illegal immigration these days. It’s a real problem, but many are veering towards solutions that remind me more of Europe than America. We’re talking about guest-worker programs, deportation, and harsh penalties against immigrants.

Now that’s how many European countries handle their need for extra workers. They keep these people at arm’s length, never hold out the prospect of citizenship, exclude them from community life, and signal in all kinds of ways that these people are not welcome. The result--Europe has large groups of sullen, disaffected, alienated foreign workers who don’t assimilate, feel no attachment or loyalty to their host country, and are ripe for radicalism--even terrorism. You can see the problem on the streets of French cities these days as angry minority youth burn cars and destroy property. Do we really want America to become more like France?

- Fareed Zakaria, in the latest show of ‘Foreign Exchange

My fear is that are we entering a phase of decline that Benjamin Friedman talked about in his book, 'Moral Consequences of Growth'

Related Links:

- Martin Wolf on Unskilled Immigration

- A Summary of the Debate As Seen by NYT.

- Russel Roberts comments NYT piece

- Don Boudreaux asks the question “Are 'Illegal' Immigrants Illegal?”

- Greg Mankiw on Immigration

- Paul Krugman on Immigration and Bryan Caplan critiques Krugman

- Andrew Samwick’s view on Immigration

- Gary Becker on Illegal Immigration

- Kevin Hasset’s comments on Immigration

- Chris Coyne and Pete Boettke deals with issues raised by Huntington.

- Arnold Kling also raises the broader issues related to immigration

- How does US fertility rate relate to the topic

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IIE has an interesting book available on its website;
"Why Does Immigration Divide America? Public Finance and Political Opposition to Open Borders"
Immigration is an issue capable of dividing otherwise like-minded people. Identify a group whose members tend to agree on political issues—liberals, conservatives, isolationists, internationalists, environmentalists, free marketers—and one will tend to find that within the group there is no strong majority opinion about US immigration policy. This important new book examines how public finance shapes individual preferences towards immigration policy in the United States


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