Wednesday, April 9, 2014

From the Bookshelves: Becoming American Why Immigration Is Good for Our Nation's Future by Fariborz Ghadar


Becoming American Why Immigration Is Good for Our Nation's Future by  Fariborz Ghadar 

For policy makers, business leaders, and American citizens, immigration reform is one of the defining issues of our time. In turns both personal and analytical, remaining factual and well-argued throughout, Fariborz Ghadar’s Becoming American makes the case for common sense immigration policies and practices that will not only help strengthen America’s economy and role as world leader, but will also help millions of prospective immigrants and their families start making more out of their lives today, and for generations to come. The author is an Iranian immigrant who fled his homeland decades ago in search of a more stable and successful future. Weaving his personal story into that of the millions of immigrants facing unnecessary hurdles at the global level, he demonstrates the need for our governments and leaders to make policy decisions intelligently – not just based on current circumstances – but with an eye toward a future brighter than our current state of dysfunction, uncertainty, and regrettable bigotry towards those with funny names. Based on our nation’s undeniable history as a nation of immigrants, we cannot fail to address the impact that immigration will have on our future if we want to accurately plan for a thriving, diverse and better tomorrow. Becoming American understand helps readers not only the mindset of America’s immigrant populations, but makes the case for America once more as a place for the world’s hardest workers, loftiest dreamers, and most prosperous people.

Fariborz Ghadar is the founding director of The Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State University, and a Distinguished Scholar and Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

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The author claims to be concerned with a “sustainable immigration policy” for the United States. Since population growth obviously is unsustainable, a sustainable immigration policy would be one which does not result in U.S. population growth. Somehow I doubt this is his preferred policy and thus presumably he does not understand the ecological definition of the term “sustainable.”

Posted by: Jack | Apr 10, 2014 11:26:27 PM

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