Jason Riley's new book on immigration, Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders, is now available. A brief excerpt:
It's a tragedy that America's public school system is geared more toward appeasing teachers' unions than educating kids. And until that changes, the trends will be difficult to reverse. The upshot of the status quo is that Mumbai and Beijing â€“ often by way of MIT and Stanford â€“ are currently producing a good amount of the talent that Bill Gates needs to keep Microsoft competitive. Immigration policies that limit industry's access to that talent become ever more risky as the marketplace becomes ever more global. If we want American innovators and entrepreneurs to continue enhancing America's wealth and productivity â€“ and if we want the United States to continue as the world's science and technology leader â€“ better to let Apple and Google and eBay make their own personnel decisions without interference from Tom Tancredo and Lou Dobbs.