Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink its Borders and Immigration Laws / Edition 1

Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink its Borders and Immigration Laws / Edition 1

by Kevin R. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814742866

ISBN-13: 9780814742860

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

Seeking to re-imagine the meaning and significance of the international border, Opening the Floodgates makes a case for eliminating the border as a legal construct that impedes the movement of people into this country.

Open migration policies deserve fuller analysis, as evidenced by President Barack Obama’s pledge to make immigration reform a

Overview

Seeking to re-imagine the meaning and significance of the international border, Opening the Floodgates makes a case for eliminating the border as a legal construct that impedes the movement of people into this country.

Open migration policies deserve fuller analysis, as evidenced by President Barack Obama’s pledge to make immigration reform a priority. Kevin R. Johnson offers an alternative vision of how U.S. borders might be reconfigured, grounded in moral, economic, and policy arguments for open borders. Importantly, liberalizing migration through an open borders policy would recognize that the enforcement of closed borders cannot stifle the strong, perhaps irresistible, economic, social, and political pressures that fuel international migration.

Controversially, Johnson suggests that open borders are entirely consistent with efforts to prevent terrorism that have dominated immigration enforcement since the events of September 11, 2001. More liberal migration, he suggests, would allow for full attention to be paid to the true dangers to public safety and national security.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742860
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 A Call for Truly Comprehensive Immigration Reform
2 A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Law and Enforcement
3 Bordering on the Immoral: The Moral Consequences of the Current System of Immigration Regulation
4 The Economic Benefits of Liberal Migration of Labor Across Borders
5 Why Open Borders Are Good for All Americans
6 The Inevitability of Permeable Borders
Notes
Index
About the Author

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