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“When it comes to our immigration mess, no one has a deeper understanding of the facts than Mark Krikorian. Pay attention: America's future is at stake.”
-- Michelle Malkin
“Mark Krikorian steps back from today’s debates and examines the big picture, questioning the place of immigration in a modern society. Agree or disagree with his proposals, this is an important book— not just for conservatives, but for all Americans.”
-- William J. Bennett, host of Bill Bennett’s Morning in America

“Superbly researched and brilliantly argued, The New Case Against Immigration should settle the debate once and for all. Civilized, compassionate, and wise, this short book may save a great nation.”
-- David Frum, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute

“Mark Krikorian has waged an often lonely war to restore some sanity to immigration policy. His latest book will be caricatured by many as insensitive—especially his calls to select legal immigrants carefully only on the basis of skills and merit. Yet The New Case Against Immigration is a classically liberal call for assimilation and integration in the best past traditions of a multiracial America. The onus is on his critics to show where his economic, cultural, and social arguments are flawed or inexact—and that will be difficult indeed, given such a carefully researched and argued book.”
-- Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; author of Mexifornia

“This is a radical book, clearly and forcefully written, with the potential to change the immigration debate forevermore. No matter where you stand on immigration policy, you better be ready to confront The New Case Against Immigration.”
-- Heather MacDonald, John M. Olin Fellow, Manhattan Institute; coauthor of The Immigration Solution

“Mark Krikorian concisely marshals the arguments on one side of the immigration debate. I am sure that many will disagree with his inferences and conclusions—but I am also sure that anyone wishing to seriously argue the other side will have to address the many questions and doubts presented here. In short, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the most volatile social policy issue of the new century.”
-- George Borgas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

“Mark Krikorian has been the go-to guy for those of us skeptical of the Bush- McCain approach to immigration. He combines deep knowledge, political savvy, calm and compassion with something that’s rare in this field: common sense. In this ambitious book he takes the immigration debate a step further, placing it in an overarching framework that will be as controversial as it is powerful. If you want to find all the best anti-amnesty arguments in one place, The New Case Against Immigration is the place to look. It is to the immigration debate what Losing Ground was to the poverty debate. My copy is already dog-eared.”
-- Mickey Kraus, author of The End of Equality --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Krikorian, the grandson of Armenian immigrants, is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. He is also a longtime contributor to National Review and National Review Online and is the nation's most frequently quoted immigration expert.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition edition (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230355
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"The New Case Against Immigration" cuts through distortions and P.C. positions on the topic with convincing and shocking data.

The 12 million illegal Mexican immigrants, along with the 17 million Americans of Mexican origin and another 16 million Cubans and other Hispanics total more than those of the next ten most common immigrant nations. Hispanics total about 50% of our total immigrants, posing major implications for assimilation. This is further acerbated by cheaper calls, easier access to Mexico, support from American businesses, and considerable legal support from the Mexican government and elites within the U.S.

Massive Mexican immigration into the U.S. is a relatively new problem - in 1970 less than 800,000 Mexicans were in the U.S. Once in the U.S., Mexican women's fertility rises from 2.4 (in Mexico) to 3.5 in the U.S. - considerably greater than native-born American women. (2002 data)

Mexican immigrants have the lowest citizenship rate - 19%, vs. 42% for Canadians, 54% for Chinese. They are also the least-educated major immigration group - 62% without a high-school education, while their children and grandchildren have a dropout rate of 25%. About 43% of illegal Mexican households use at least one major welfare program, and 50% are eligible for EITC. Even third generation Mexican-Americans use welfare at a level 3X that of American natives.

Over half of Mexicans believe the American S.W. belongs to them. Their consulates in the U.S. lobby for acceptance of matricula cards (opposed by the FBI as inadequate) for ID, in-state tuition, drivers licenses, sanctuary city status, etc.

Studies have found Mexican immigrants somewhat less likely to be criminals than native-born Americans, but their children are much more likely to be.
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Format: Hardcover
Mark Krikorian has written a noble volume on current immigration problems, one refreshingly free of either mean-spiritedness or political partisanship. His thesis is that a common American civic culture is worth preserving - his opponents, therefore, include many current, confidence-lacking American citizens, chief among them those government, global corporate, academic and media types who are fashionably but mindlessly "post-American." Joining them as well are those numerous, greedy local business and homeowners ever on the lookout for the cheapest labor. To preserve and advance the institutions and freedoms of American society, Krikorian favors reducing the illegal immigrant population over time by encouraging attrition - lack of hiring, for instance, most often leads such persons to return home. Similarly, he favors reducing the legal immigrant population from its current, too high annual rate. In both cases, his motive is not xenophobia, but rather the desire to allow for the traditional assimilation of newcomers into a once again properly valued, common American civic culture. Especially winning in his presentation is the recognition that in the current permissive immigration mess, the principal enemies are us.
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This book should be required reading by alll policy makers.
The author sets aside political correctness and writes facts and common sense. It is a well written book. I believe most of the people in the United States understand what impact immigration is having on our country and are puzzled why the policy makers think they are above it.
I ended up buying this book from Amazon. I had hoped our local library would get it. The said they wouldn't, since it had received bad reviews. Do I sense a selective form of censorship on the part of the local library?
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Mark Krikorian

The New Case Against Immigration:
Both Legal and Illegal

(New York: Sentinel, 2008) 294 pages
(ISBN: 978-1-56523-035-5; hardcover)
(Library of Congress call number: JV6465.K75 2007)

Even advocates of immigration reform should read this book
because it gives the basic arguments against all forms of immigration.

Most readers will probably come to different conclusions,
recognizing that this author has selected facts and opinions
that favor further restricting immigration of all types.

Here are the basic points made in each chapter:

1. Assimilation has not worked for Hispanic immigrants
as it did for all previous waves of immigrants.
They have kept their own language and culture.
Future decades will prove whether or not this is correct.

2. Some areas of the USA are in danger of becoming majority Hispanic.
The author believes that this would change American for the worse.
If most voters had Hispanic backgrounds, how would they change America?
Krikorian quotes many Hispanics who want to 'take back'
the land in the southwest once part of Mexico.

Many examples of the Mexican government influencing American society:
courts, demonstrations, voting, law-enforcement, legislation.
All foreign governments have a right to protect their citizens abroad,
but has Mexico gone too far?
For example, is it legitimate for Mexican consulates
to help coordinate demonstrations for changing U.S. immigration laws?
In Mexico, foreigners are explicitly excluded from political activities.

3. The present system of immigration controls
did not prevent the 9-11-2001 attacks.
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