Book Forum

Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution

(Threshold, 2013)

June 12, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring the co‐​author Clint Bolick, Director, Scharf‐​Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, Goldwater Institute; moderated by Alex Nowrasteh Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.

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Clint Bolick argues in his new book, written with Jeb Bush, that the three broad components of immigration reform—better immigration enforcement, a lawful pathway for future migrants, and the legalization of current unauthorized immigrants—must work together to produce a viable immigration policy. The 1986 Reagan amnesty failed because it was a partial reform that increased immigration enforcement but did not increase legal opportunities for lower skilled immigrants. The 2007 immigration reform bill failed to even pass the Senate for a similar reason—its guest worker visa program was eviscerated. Immigration reform must produce an easily enforceable law that allows the world’s best, brightest, and most industrious a chance to contribute to the American economy.