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By Jason L. Riley





"A mere book might not change the (immigration) equation. But if any book deserves to have such an impact, it is "Let Them In," by Wall Street Journal editorial writer Jason Riley, writing from a strongly conservative, Reaganite free-market perspective. While occasionally impassioned and sardonic, for the most part it is a sober demolition of six of the most prominent arguments against open immigration using the most reliable studies and statistics available. It demonstrates that there is simply no intellectually coherent case for restricting immigration, and that in fact to restrict immigration would do this country serious harm." --Alan W. Bock, Orange County Register (read the entire Orange County Register review)

"[Riley] puts forth the most persuasive, sustained case for a liberal immigration policy yet published." --James Kirchick, Policy Review (read the entire review.)

"The majority of the book is given to a clear-headed and painstaking demolition of the major myths used to scare the population into believing immigrants are working powerfully against their interests." --Ezra Klein, Barnes & Noble Review (Read the entire review.)

"Jason Riley deals not only with the canard of cheap labor but has built his book around what he calls "six common arguments against immigration and why they are wrong." Mr. Riley's book will prove an invaluable and trusty volume for all who are engaged in the great debate over public policy in this country." --Seth Lipsky, New York Sun

"Excels in its analysis of the economic benefits of immigration, and in showing that individual states with large legal and illegal immigrant populations are faring better than one might suspect." --Peter Wehner, Commentary magazine

"From his perch at the world's leading conservative newspaper, Riley picks apart the demagoguery of media rabble-rousers such as Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchanan, as well as the cynical populism of politicians such as Dennis Hastert and Mike Huckabee." --Geoff Schumacher, Las Vegas Review-Journal

"An illuminating look at immigration." --Vanessa Bush, Booklist

"A great conversation starter." --Robert Perret, Library Journal

[advance praise]

“The immigration debate seems to have been taken over by shrill anti-immigrant voices. Ace editorialist Jason Riley restores some balance with this calm, reasoned, highly compelling presentation of the case for immigration. His fact-laden polemic should make even the most die-hard xenophobe think twice. He shows why immigrants are a net plus, and why illegal immigration isn’t the crisis it has been made out to be.”
Max Boot, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, author of War Made New and Savage Wars of Peace

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“Jason Riley puts today's fierce immigration debate into perspective, and he does so with crisp writing and thoughtful analysis. Let Them In is a welcome contribution to a national discussion that is too often dominated by fear-mongering and misinformation. Free-market adherents ought to embrace open-immigration policies, and this tightly drawn book explains why.” —Arthur Laffer, Chairman of Laffer Associates

“Jason Riley makes a very comprehensive argument for an Open Borders policy. People on all sides of this would do well to understand where he is coming from.” —Lawrence Lindsey, former chief economic adviser to President George W. Bush




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[in the news]

Video: Interview with Jason on Reason.tv.

Video: Jason on The Colbert Report

Video: Jason's most recent Web video at Wall Street Journal Online.

Op Ed: Jason's latest in the Wall Street Journal

Radio: Jason interviewed on National Review Online.

YouTube: See Jason talk about immigration on FOX-NEWS.

Excerpts in the May 16 Wall Street Journal.

Jason's most recent op ed in the May 15 Wall Street Journal.

A story about Jason and Let Them In from The Journal News.

Jason's op ed in the April 24 Wall Street Journal

A talk with Jason in the Worcester (MA) Telegram about Let Them In.

[upcoming events]
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May 12, 2008 - 7:30 pm
Q&A with New Yorker staff writer Peter Boyer
Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue
Ossining NY 10562

May 13, 2008 - 9:00 am
"Are New Immigrants Assimilating" Panel
University Club
1 West 54th Street
New York NY
Presented by The Manhattan Institute

May 15, 2008 - 7:00 pm
"The Lou Dobbs Report"
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May 17, 2008 - 11:00 pm
"Journal Editorial Report"
FOX News Channel

May 18, 2008 - 6:00 am
"Journal Editorial Report"
FOX News Channel
Watch the video (.wmv)

May 21, 2008 - 7:00 pm
Prairie Lights Books
15 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City IA 52240
Reading and signing

May 28, 2008 -- 6:15 pm
Book Discussion and Signing
Westchester Community College
Academic Arts Building
Please call Heather Shank at the Westchester Community College Foundation at 914 606 6558 to reserve a seat (free) by May 21.
For more info click here.

June 18, 2008 -- 12:00 pm
Book Forum
The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
More info on the web




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