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Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders

Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders

By Reihan Salam

Sentinel, 2018, 224 pp.

Smart, intellectually consistent cases for immigration restriction are in short supply these days. U.S. President Donald Trump’s voters claim that the president only wants to stop illegal immigration, even as Trump’s policies take aim at the legal variety. Fringe figures on the right resuscitate century-old arguments about the inferiority of non-Western cultures or make poorly supported claims about the perils of racial diversity, even as the president sneers at immigration from “shithole” countries. 

Given its provocative title, one might expect Reihan Salam’s new book, Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case

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