Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right

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As globalization and terrorism intensify the pressure to close America's doors, this provocative book argues that to do so would be catastrophic. America is essentially a nation of people who once belonged elsewhere, yet Americans have long been deeply ambivalent about this part of their history. After World War I, the fear of the stranger overwhelmed America's confidence in her ability to create one nation out of many peoples. She slammed the door shut, only to realize her error, and re-open it four decades later. Today, a record-high foreign-born population, global instability and economic uncertainty have once again pushed America to a tipping point in her attitudes not only toward immigration but toward her role in the world - and the stakes have risen dramatically. The US economy depends more than ever on immigrants, not only for stereotypical low-skilled jobs, but much more so for maintaining her technological edge and promoting American products and services abroad. So far, America has reaped the lion's share of the gains of globalization. Yet for the first time ever, the world's best and brightest no longer see USA as the only destination of choice. In "Lock Out", Michele Wucker documents the mistakes that led to the current predicament, and clarifies why it would be a catastrophic error of judgement, as well as a demonstration of a colossal lack of self-knowledge, if America attempted to turn her back on the rest of the world in so doing, on the best of herself.

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Michele Wucker is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. She lectures frequently about immigration, international economics and business, and has written for many of the world's leading newspapers including The Guardian.

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