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

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

by Kevin R. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814743099

ISBN-13: 9780814743096

Pub. Date: 12/01/2009

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.

Kevin R. Johnson offers an alternative vision of how U.S. borders might be reconfigured, grounded in moral, economic, and policy arguments for

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.

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:
9780814743096
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Critical America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

1 A Call for Truly Comprehensive Immigration Reform 1

2 A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Law and Enforcement 45

3 Bordering on the Immoral: The Moral Consequences of the Current System of Immigration Regulation 87

4 The Economic Benefits of Liberal Migration of Labor Across Borders 131

5 Why Open Borders Are Good for All Americans 168

6 The Inevitability of Permeable Borders 200

Notes 213

Index 275

About the Author 289

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >