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Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws

Kevin R. Johnson
Format
Book
Published
New York : New York University Press, ©2007.
Language
English
Series
Critical America
ISBN
9780814742860, 0814742866, 9780814743096, 0814743099
Summary
Seeking to re-imagine the meaning and significance of the international border, Opening the Floodgates makes a case for eliminating the border as a legal construct that impedes the movement of people into this country. Open migration policies deserve fuller analysis, particularly on the eve of a presidential election. Kevin R. Johnson offers an alternative vision of how U.S. borders might be reconfigured, grounded in moral, economic, and policy arguments for open borders. Importantly, liberalizing migration through an open borders policy would recognize that the enforcement of closed borders cannot stifle the strong, perhaps irresistible, economic, social, and political pressures that fuel international migration. Controversially, Johnson suggests that open borders are entirely consistent with efforts to prevent terrorism that have dominated immigration enforcement since the events of September 11, 2001. More liberal migration, he suggests, would allow for full attention to be paid to the true dangers to public safety and national security.--Publisher description.
Contents
  • A call for truly comprehensive immigration reform
  • A brief history of U.S. immigration law and enforcement
  • Bordering on the immoral : the moral consequences of the current system of immigration regulation
  • The economic benefits of liberal migration of labor across borders
  • Why open borders are good for all Americans
  • The inevitability of permeable borders.
Description
x, 289 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-273) and index.
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