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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871546248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871546241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dowell Myers is professor of urban planning and demography at the University of Southern California. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simon Burrow VINE VOICE on December 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Two highly regarded demographers have already proclaimed that the nations recent wave of immigration has crested."

I heard Professor Myers talk at the Huntington Library about a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting his book. Since he is a demographer at USC he looks at the immigration issue from a demographers point of view and he concludes that if the baby boomers want to have someone to buy their houses and care for them when they are 75 they had better keep letting in immigrants and spend more now to educate and acculturate them.
The book has great graphs and much new data about the wave of immigrants from Latin America. He shows how the fear of immigration is based on a flawed snapshot of the past and that there is much to be hopeful about.
"The nation needs immigrants to fill our needs, not simply in today's world, where most citizens and experts have looked for their answers, but especially in tomorrow's."
People who argue in favor of immigration and an amnesty will find that "Immigrants and Boomers" gives them some very good economic and cultural arguments to support their view. Those who oppose immigration and amnesty may be swayed by the arguments about the economic needs of the baby boomers. This is an important book because it presents new data that can reduce some of the jingoistic fear of immigrants. It would be worth the price and time just for its excellent rebuttal of Sam Huntington's argument against immigration in "Who We Are."
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harry on June 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Myers brings a new perspective to the immigration debate, but he doesn't involve himself in dealing with the current illegal immigrant issue per se. He writes clearly and supports his work with copious citations, charts and graphs.

I downgrade this book for its repetitiousness. He makes the same basic points chapter after chapter. And, for all of his teachings that we citizens embrace an outlook of hope for the future, in the end he despairs of working the issue through governmental processes. If you liked Obama's Audacity of Hope, you'll love Myers.

In the end, he changed my mind set about our need for infusions of immigrants and for the imperative need of a crash course to educate them.
Anyone who dislikes the pending immigration bill will likely change thier mind too if they dare to read this book.
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Immigrants and Boomers is one of the most important books that's been written in decades. If the people inside the Beltway who are now negotiating cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security--including President Obama--were to read this book they would understand that the demographic and budgetary projections for the sustainability of these vital social safety net programs would be far more promising once they enact Immigration Reform. Since the 2012 election, it appears that Immigration Reform is likely to be enacted in the next Congress.
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