Gest: Alex Nowrasteh
What was the secret of America’s emergence from a collection of very different British colonies with nothing in common except a love of freedom? Its secret was open borders. “Let them all in,” was our immigration policy . . . and it worked! It brought to America the world’s “tired, . . . poor, . . . huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” And breathe free they did. Yes, they remained tired and perhaps somewhat poor, but their fatigue resulted from the work they did for themselves and their families. Their efforts made America a powerful economic engine. Today, America seems willing to turn its back on the secret sauce of its political and economic success – the conditional welcoming of all who cherish economic and political freedom. Who could be better to discuss immigration with Bob than Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity? Bob and Alex discuss the political, economic and social issues surrounding this most controversial topic. With so much bigotry, misinformation, hyperbole and pandering out there, you need to get the real story.