Immigration ‘As it Was’ No Longer Needed?

The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal

Chad Groening

The head of an immigration reform organization says the U.S. must take a radically different approach in its immigration policy or face enormous problems in the near future.

Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and author of the new book The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal. He contends that mass immigration is simply incompatible with a modern society — not because today’s immigrants are different from the past, but because Americans are.

“We’ve changed in a way that causes us to have outgrown immigration,” he argues. “We have a post-industrial, high-tech economy — not like the economy we had a hundred years ago. We have a welfare state and other large government programs that have to be supported by tax payments. That wasn’t the case before.”In addition, says the immigration reform expert, the 21st-century world makes it easy for immigrants to lead trans-national lives. “Technology, which is a good thing, shrinks the world and means that assimilation and security and other things are much more complicated than they used to be,” he explains.