Host: American Enterprise Institute. Ever since its founding, the United States has expected its immigrants—from Italians to Indians—to learn English, to earn a living, and to become patriotic Americans. Yet, with the rise of identity politics and Great Society entitlements, people have increasingly been able to eschew these obligations. At the same time, advances in communications and transport technologies have removed the need for immigrants to leave behind their pre-existing cultural commitments and communal allegiances in favor of the “American Creed.”
In his new book, The New Case Against Immigration, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies argues that although immigrants to America may be no different than before, changes to America’s economy, society, and government mean that the nation is no longer able to assimilate a substantial immigrant population. On July 1, AEI will host a presentation of the arguments in the new book, followed by a critical discussion of its themes by Fred Siegel of the Progressive Policy Institute and National Research Initiative fellow Jason Richwine. AEI resident fellow David Frum will moderate.
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