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    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...51869?v=glance

    Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com
    Roy Beck, the Washington editor of the journal The Social Contract, argues for cutting immigration on the grounds that it contributes to the falling real wages that breed deteriorating communities and crumbling families--the "crisis of the middle class." He also suggests that immigration has increased the gap between the rich and the poor, driving down the wages of inner-city blacks and others at the bottom of the labor market. Beck goes further and makes the case that immigration harms every level of the economy, including the high-end, high technology sector.

    From Publishers Weekly
    Among recent anti-immigration tracts, this slashing, sure-to-be controversial manifesto by Beck, Washington, D.C., editor of Social Contract, advances a number of new arguments. His main thrust is that current high levels of immigration serve the interest of a small elite, principally corporations and other employers that benefit from low-wage labor. The losers, in Beck's analysis, are not only America's poor and working class, forced to compete against immigrants, but also the broad middle class, because the labor glut, by reducing pressure on employers to share with employees the results of increased productivity, leads to depressed wages, reduced employee benefits and mounting economic insecurity. Hit particularly hard, Beck shows, are African Americans, because many employers meet minority hiring targets by employing immigrants instead of them. He also blames environmental damage on overpopulation caused partly by immigrants' high birthrates. Contrary to the widespread view that the U.S. has a shortage of native-born professionals, Beck cites a 1995 survey that found America producing a huge surplus of Ph.D.s in science and engineering fields. He calls for a revamped system reducing immigration to the levels of the "great wave" between 1924 and 1965.
    Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

    A direct look at immigration., January 1, 2002
    Reviewer: Archimedes_Tritium "archimedes_tritium" (Pasadena, CA USA) - See all my reviews
    This book examines U.S. immigration, documenting what's happening as 10's of millions of people (largely from the 3rd world) are allowed into the U.S.
    It's difficult to find accurate accounts of the immigration situation. Business lobbies for immigration to obtain cheap labor and keep wages down. Left-leaning intellectuals advocate immigration because of a hatred of the Western Civilization and desire to see it eliminated via diversity and multiculturalism. Politicians advocate immigration because they want to import dependent populations that need services and will vote for them (kings need peasants). Conservatives accept immigration because it seems to validate the desirability of American society and free-enterprise and they are afraid of being called names by the others.

    The result is a population growth curve for the U.S. like that of 3rd world nations, with corresponding social strains. If continued at the same rate, the U.S. will reach 400 million people by the year 2050 at huge social, economic and environmental costs. The President of Mexico campaigns here in California even as Mexicans talk about retaking the southeastern U.S. states "stolen" from them centuries ago by repopulating it and effectively eliminating the border; the effort is called the "Reconquista". Don't expect in-depth coverage of this by ABC or the New York Times.

    The U.S. was created and maintained by the sacrifice, lives, hopes held by millions of ancestors many of whom paid the ultimate price to create the future: our present. The current generation now has the option of piddling that all away with a whimper or educating themselves and stopping destructive forces. This will mean enduring and refuting charges of racism, among the other antics of the cultural elite, without being deflected.

    This book a good starting place. It provides specifics on how high immigration damages the U.S. at multiple levels. The first to feel the effect of immigration are native blacks whose attempts to integrate into American mainstream have been substantially halted by preferences for immigrants. But all are affected.

    As an example, why do engineers developing the air traffic control system -- involving billions of dollars and millions of lives -- make one-half to one-tenth the salary of a routine lawyer or doctor? Employers can go to Congress and say "Americans aren't interested and not smart enough. Our schools can't produce engineers, we need to hire foreigners".

    This is not an option for professions like law, being dependent on language and cultural skills. So salaries for engineers are comparatively low and a shortage results despite the critical need. At the same time, law and medical schools are overflowing with people attracted by the high earning potential. The results of the immigration policy create the imbalance in the first place. Need more engineers? Pay more to attract them.

    It is like nothing has been learned. Slavery developed in this country to provide cheap labor. Yet the cotton pulled from the fields by slaves has long since rotted away to nothing. The consequences have not: civil war and ongoing social struggles spanning centuries. Much of the original intent and structure of the nation has been distorted or dissipated attempting to solve self-made, predictable problems. One can only wonder at what this country could have done if it had not wasted such massive resources in contortions over unimportant social issues.

    Now the concern is over a matter even more trivial, if that is possible: whether strawberries will be $1.20 a carton or $4.50 a carton in the 2-3 days before they rot away. Perhaps someone should sit down and design a decent strawberry picking machine and save future generations untold grief. It's called menial labor because no human should be doing it.

    The U.S. is not a strip mall with jingling cash registers the national anthem. It is based on a set of specific ideas about human nature: that people are spiritually created in the image of God, thus have instrinsic worth and dignity. That humans are corrupted by sin, something that is real, thus power must be decentralized to avoid concentration in the hands of a single individual. These ideas are what distinguish the U.S. from the others (and a major reason the concept of human rights tends not to "catch on" in cultures lacking Christian background.)

    People are not like refrigerators or cars. When you import them, you also import their hopes, dreams and understandings for generations to come. We are now importing people who do not share the understanding of human nature this country is based on. They are rather from 3rd world countries which view people as disposable, government simply a source of power to control the people. When immigrants arrive here, they are now greeted by intellectuals and educators and media who share the same view. Why would newcomers perpetuate a society and institutions they have no way of understanding and are outside their tradition? Because they can make $7.50 an hour instead of $1.00?

    Columnist P. Roberts write, "The basis for a successful political life is a common language, history and culture, which create a people sufficiently cohesive for self-rule to arrive at compromises that solve conflicts. When "multicultural diversity" replaces "a people", cohesion must be provided by coercion."

    The U.S. (and Europe) are on a self-destructive path that has been walked over and over throughout history. Only the rationalizations for inaction are more clever. Educate yourself with the facts, steel yourself for the vicious onslaught you will provoke, and speak up.

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    7 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

    Great Book!!, August 4, 1999
    Reviewer: A reader
    Great book on how immigration is ruinning this great country. After reading it I have become much more aware on how important it is to stop immigration. We must fight immigration in order to save this great nation!!

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    7 of 12 people found the following review helpful:

    Best Immigration Reform Book Ever, July 18, 1999
    Reviewer: A reader
    Roy Beck gives every possible argument for reducing immigration. He talks about how our enviroment is at stake with overcrowding. He talked about and proved how immigration causes a drop in wages of low income earners. But the best chapter was without a doubt "Jobs Americans Will Do". He disproved the myth on how immigrants today take only jobs that no one else wants. He argues for reducing the number of immigrants admitted based on population replacment rate. This book was written by a man who is actually left of center politically. Thus the pro-immigration lobby can't do their usual name calling to anyone who supports cutting immigration. Roy Beck has done us a great service.

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    8 of 21 people found the following review helpful:

    Good book, with some flaws, April 21, 1999
    Reviewer: A reader
    I found this book to be a solid read, and I support rolling back immigration to about a 1/2 or a 1/3rd.
    However, Beck doesn't mention the flip side of a rollback. He talks of the harm that newcomers cause to environment, but ignores the economic benefits of immigration. Furthermore, I find something distasteful in blaming, not the suburbanite who drives a SUV, but the immigrant who takes a bus, for environmental problems.

    His analysis of the high tech arena is particularly weak. Just about every observer (other than Matloff) agrees that the high tech arena has been helped a lot by immigrants, including the several companies that were co-founded by immigrants: Sun, Borland, Intel, Yahoo. Last year, an immigrant professor here in Princeton got a Nobel prize, and immigrants account for 1/3rd of all Nobel prizes. Surely, the number of great discoveries made by immigrants compensates in some way for the environmental problems that may be caused by others ?

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    4 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

    Excellent and Informative, May 31, 1998
    Reviewer: wcollard1@aol.com (Manhasset, NY) - See all my reviews
    This book is one of the most important books written in recent history. Immigration and population growth will cause great harms to this country if left unchecked. Mr. Beck leaves the reader with powerful arguments for reducing the current levels of immigration to more traditional levels.

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    3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

    Write your congressman or woman!, November 8, 1997
    Reviewer: A reader
    If any book can prompt action on the part of the reader, this thoughtful, well-documented book should. Roy Beck informs in simple terms how Congress and the President continue to pass and sign legislation against the will of the people. Beck reinforces the growing number of specialists who identify over-population as the root cause of many of our problems

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    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...51869?v=glance

    Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com
    Roy Beck, the Washington editor of the journal The Social Contract, argues for cutting immigration on the grounds that it contributes to the falling real wages that breed deteriorating communities and crumbling families--the "crisis of the middle class." He also suggests that immigration has increased the gap between the rich and the poor, driving down the wages of inner-city blacks and others at the bottom of the labor market. Beck goes further and makes the case that immigration harms every level of the economy, including the high-end, high technology sector.

    From Publishers Weekly
    Among recent anti-immigration tracts, this slashing, sure-to-be controversial manifesto by Beck, Washington, D.C., editor of Social Contract, advances a number of new arguments. His main thrust is that current high levels of immigration serve the interest of a small elite, principally corporations and other employers that benefit from low-wage labor. The losers, in Beck's analysis, are not only America's poor and working class, forced to compete against immigrants, but also the broad middle class, because the labor glut, by reducing pressure on employers to share with employees the results of increased productivity, leads to depressed wages, reduced employee benefits and mounting economic insecurity. Hit particularly hard, Beck shows, are African Americans, because many employers meet minority hiring targets by employing immigrants instead of them. He also blames environmental damage on overpopulation caused partly by immigrants' high birthrates. Contrary to the widespread view that the U.S. has a shortage of native-born professionals, Beck cites a 1995 survey that found America producing a huge surplus of Ph.D.s in science and engineering fields. He calls for a revamped system reducing immigration to the levels of the "great wave" between 1924 and 1965.
    Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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    Write an online review and share your thoughts with other customers.

    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

    A direct look at immigration., January 1, 2002
    Reviewer: Archimedes_Tritium "archimedes_tritium" (Pasadena, CA USA) - See all my reviews
    This book examines U.S. immigration, documenting what's happening as 10's of millions of people (largely from the 3rd world) are allowed into the U.S.
    It's difficult to find accurate accounts of the immigration situation. Business lobbies for immigration to obtain cheap labor and keep wages down. Left-leaning intellectuals advocate immigration because of a hatred of the Western Civilization and desire to see it eliminated via diversity and multiculturalism. Politicians advocate immigration because they want to import dependent populations that need services and will vote for them (kings need peasants). Conservatives accept immigration because it seems to validate the desirability of American society and free-enterprise and they are afraid of being called names by the others.

    The result is a population growth curve for the U.S. like that of 3rd world nations, with corresponding social strains. If continued at the same rate, the U.S. will reach 400 million people by the year 2050 at huge social, economic and environmental costs. The President of Mexico campaigns here in California even as Mexicans talk about retaking the southeastern U.S. states "stolen" from them centuries ago by repopulating it and effectively eliminating the border; the effort is called the "Reconquista". Don't expect in-depth coverage of this by ABC or the New York Times.

    The U.S. was created and maintained by the sacrifice, lives, hopes held by millions of ancestors many of whom paid the ultimate price to create the future: our present. The current generation now has the option of piddling that all away with a whimper or educating themselves and stopping destructive forces. This will mean enduring and refuting charges of racism, among the other antics of the cultural elite, without being deflected.

    This book a good starting place. It provides specifics on how high immigration damages the U.S. at multiple levels. The first to feel the effect of immigration are native blacks whose attempts to integrate into American mainstream have been substantially halted by preferences for immigrants. But all are affected.

    As an example, why do engineers developing the air traffic control system -- involving billions of dollars and millions of lives -- make one-half to one-tenth the salary of a routine lawyer or doctor? Employers can go to Congress and say "Americans aren't interested and not smart enough. Our schools can't produce engineers, we need to hire foreigners".

    This is not an option for professions like law, being dependent on language and cultural skills. So salaries for engineers are comparatively low and a shortage results despite the critical need. At the same time, law and medical schools are overflowing with people attracted by the high earning potential. The results of the immigration policy create the imbalance in the first place. Need more engineers? Pay more to attract them.

    It is like nothing has been learned. Slavery developed in this country to provide cheap labor. Yet the cotton pulled from the fields by slaves has long since rotted away to nothing. The consequences have not: civil war and ongoing social struggles spanning centuries. Much of the original intent and structure of the nation has been distorted or dissipated attempting to solve self-made, predictable problems. One can only wonder at what this country could have done if it had not wasted such massive resources in contortions over unimportant social issues.

    Now the concern is over a matter even more trivial, if that is possible: whether strawberries will be $1.20 a carton or $4.50 a carton in the 2-3 days before they rot away. Perhaps someone should sit down and design a decent strawberry picking machine and save future generations untold grief. It's called menial labor because no human should be doing it.

    The U.S. is not a strip mall with jingling cash registers the national anthem. It is based on a set of specific ideas about human nature: that people are spiritually created in the image of God, thus have instrinsic worth and dignity. That humans are corrupted by sin, something that is real, thus power must be decentralized to avoid concentration in the hands of a single individual. These ideas are what distinguish the U.S. from the others (and a major reason the concept of human rights tends not to "catch on" in cultures lacking Christian background.)

    People are not like refrigerators or cars. When you import them, you also import their hopes, dreams and understandings for generations to come. We are now importing people who do not share the understanding of human nature this country is based on. They are rather from 3rd world countries which view people as disposable, government simply a source of power to control the people. When immigrants arrive here, they are now greeted by intellectuals and educators and media who share the same view. Why would newcomers perpetuate a society and institutions they have no way of understanding and are outside their tradition? Because they can make $7.50 an hour instead of $1.00?

    Columnist P. Roberts write, "The basis for a successful political life is a common language, history and culture, which create a people sufficiently cohesive for self-rule to arrive at compromises that solve conflicts. When "multicultural diversity" replaces "a people", cohesion must be provided by coercion."

    The U.S. (and Europe) are on a self-destructive path that has been walked over and over throughout history. Only the rationalizations for inaction are more clever. Educate yourself with the facts, steel yourself for the vicious onslaught you will provoke, and speak up.

    Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)





    7 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

    Great Book!!, August 4, 1999
    Reviewer: A reader
    Great book on how immigration is ruinning this great country. After reading it I have become much more aware on how important it is to stop immigration. We must fight immigration in order to save this great nation!!

    Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)




    7 of 12 people found the following review helpful:

    Best Immigration Reform Book Ever, July 18, 1999
    Reviewer: A reader
    Roy Beck gives every possible argument for reducing immigration. He talks about how our enviroment is at stake with overcrowding. He talked about and proved how immigration causes a drop in wages of low income earners. But the best chapter was without a doubt "Jobs Americans Will Do". He disproved the myth on how immigrants today take only jobs that no one else wants. He argues for reducing the number of immigrants admitted based on population replacment rate. This book was written by a man who is actually left of center politically. Thus the pro-immigration lobby can't do their usual name calling to anyone who supports cutting immigration. Roy Beck has done us a great service.

    Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)




    8 of 21 people found the following review helpful:

    Good book, with some flaws, April 21, 1999
    Reviewer: A reader
    I found this book to be a solid read, and I support rolling back immigration to about a 1/2 or a 1/3rd.
    However, Beck doesn't mention the flip side of a rollback. He talks of the harm that newcomers cause to environment, but ignores the economic benefits of immigration. Furthermore, I find something distasteful in blaming, not the suburbanite who drives a SUV, but the immigrant who takes a bus, for environmental problems.

    His analysis of the high tech arena is particularly weak. Just about every observer (other than Matloff) agrees that the high tech arena has been helped a lot by immigrants, including the several companies that were co-founded by immigrants: Sun, Borland, Intel, Yahoo. Last year, an immigrant professor here in Princeton got a Nobel prize, and immigrants account for 1/3rd of all Nobel prizes. Surely, the number of great discoveries made by immigrants compensates in some way for the environmental problems that may be caused by others ?

    Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)





    4 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

    Excellent and Informative, May 31, 1998
    Reviewer: wcollard1@aol.com (Manhasset, NY) - See all my reviews
    This book is one of the most important books written in recent history. Immigration and population growth will cause great harms to this country if left unchecked. Mr. Beck leaves the reader with powerful arguments for reducing the current levels of immigration to more traditional levels.

    Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)




    3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

    Write your congressman or woman!, November 8, 1997
    Reviewer: A reader
    If any book can prompt action on the part of the reader, this thoughtful, well-documented book should. Roy Beck informs in simple terms how Congress and the President continue to pass and sign legislation against the will of the people. Beck reinforces the growing number of specialists who identify over-population as the root cause of many of our problems

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    • #3
      stop being a piece of trash

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      • #4
        Hey, Fresh Burrito!

        Why don't you stick yourself right BACK where you belong to!!??
        Get the hell out of here, right BACK where you came from, or cut your bull now!!!

        ILLEGALS!!! OUT OF AMERICA, NOW!!!!!!

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        • #5
          welcome back E . Do not copy and paste useless long bs articles.

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