Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam | Conversation Starters
Should we lock people out of the middle class, or should we lock people out of the country? Reihan Salam criticizes immigration advocates who welcome millions of immigrants with low-level skills who will never be able to reach middle-class status because of their lack of skills. These advocates are the ones who are "in a position to employ vast numbers of low-wage helpers, who could do menial jobs more cheaply and reliably than machines..." This, according to Salam, will only lead to even greater inequality among social classes.
"We don't want to live in an America with an underclass that is forever locked out of middle-class prosperity," he says.
Melting Pot or Civil War is cited by a New York Times review as a book that will change the conversation about immigration. It is written by Salam who is Executive Editor of National Review and co-author of Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.
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