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Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Max Boot, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, author of War Made New and Savage Wars of Peace
Jason Riley puts today's fierce immigration debate into perspective, and he does so with crisp writing and thoughtful analysis. Let Them In is a welcome contribution to a national discussion that is too often dominated by fear-mongering and misinformation. Free-market adherents ought to embrace open- immigration policies, and this tightly drawn book explains why.
Arthur Laffer, Chairman of Laffer Associates
Jason Riley makes a very comprehensive argument for an Open Borders policy. People on all sides of this would do well to understand where he is coming from.
Lawrence Lindsey, former chief economic adviser to President George W. Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That said, Riley spends a lot of time taking pundits to task for promoting arguments to stop immigration that have no basis in historical fact, which is appropriate. Unfortunately, he proceeds to make multiple statements - for example, linking Charles Darwin to the Eugenics movement, and claiming that charter schools will fix education problems, without providing any historical basis for them (in the case of the former, there is none - Riley gamely tries to re-interpret the title of Darwin's book as such, which is silly). This makes the reader question the strength of the rest of his statements. Even worse, these statements are asides, which really have very little to do with the central argument, so they weaken the author's position without really adding to his argument. Riley also wears his political affiliation on his sleeve, which is, of course, his right, but again adds a certain amount of writing that doesn't really bear on immigration.
My advice to Mr. Riley for the 2nd edition, then, would be to remove everything that does not bear directly on his thesis. I think his arguments about immigration are generally spot-on, but there is a certain amount of irrelevant content in there, without which the book would be better. I would probably give 3-and-a-half if I could.
I also don't think Riley appreciates the cultural aspects of mass Hispanic immigration. That is what drives most of the angry calls to the talk radio hosts that he criticizes in the book. Certainly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (or Lou Dobbs, etc..) are not above criticism, but a free-marketeer like Riley should understand they are responding to popular demand. A majority of Americans --70% in a major poll done by the Council of Foreign Relations-- want immigration reduced or eliminated. Riley doesn't seem to understand--or to even want to understand-- this frustration. In a democratic system of government is it remarkable that politicians want to at least pretend to support their constituents' demands on this subject? Nor is it unreasonable for talk show hosts to tailor their show to the desires of their listeners.
For all my criticism, I still recommend reading the book. Just don't take it as the final word on the subject.
I wonder what Mr. Riley's take on the illegal immigration issue would be if he lived in a Southwest border town, rather than in suburban New York City (about as far away from the current massive influx from Latin America as you can get).
Riley chooses to bury us with numerous studies to prove his points that illegal immigrants aren't hurting, but in fact are helping the country. At first, this sounds impressive. But ultimately all the statistics beg a few key questions:
* How do we know how many illegal immigrants are in the country to calculate the statistics?
* What will be the net impacts on US society a few generations from now?
* What "side effects" are occurring that can't be easily framed in a few simple statistics?
* Even if the "net" effect is positive, how do we reimburse the burdensome costs to localities that are certainly adversely impacted?
While I agree with him on some issues -- Latino immigrants aren't a particular national security risk being one -- his use (abuse?) of selected (sometimes unnamed) studies is of concern to me.
In summary, the phrase "statistics, damn statistics, and lies" seemed to summarize the book all to well for me.
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Very well written. Very well referenced and documented. Changed my viewpoint of what I have always thought. MUST READ BOOK. Thank you for your very spiteful book.Published 7 months ago by Paul Kimbrough
Good read for immigration discussion to understand pro's and con's of both sides.Published 9 months ago by T Wilds
Give me a break. Writing a book like this is like writing a book called "The case for smoking". How dumb does he think people are.Published 16 months ago by John
Whenever an amateur expert attemtpts to promote a dangerous, unproven concept that could destroy America - Be on guard!. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Danvil
Sheer sophistry. Follow the logic of this book and no country anywhere should have borders. According to Riley America is not a country with a culture, a language, traditions,... Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by R F M
Everybody has an opinion about the immigration issue but few people seem to really a clue what they are talking about. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by N. Perz
In Let Them In, Wall Street Journal editorialist Jason Riley makes the case for a more open immigration policy. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
I need to start by stating that these are the worst book reviews I have ever read in my life. In fact I wonder if some of these weirdos making blog posts on Amazon. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by mwatson
I first saw Jason Riley on FBN's Stossel, and his curious position persuaded me to buy his book. Originally a neoconservative, I was confused about what the truth about immigration... Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by BJF