Join us at an Event Celebrating Reihan Salam’s New Book


Melting Pot or Civil War Book Tour

October 17, 2018 | Ann Arbor, MI: Co-hosted by U Michigan’s AEI Executive Council and Young America’s for Freedom. RSVP HERE

October 23, 2018 | Tampa, FL: Co-hosted by the Tampa Bay Federalist Society. RSVP HERE

October 23, 2018 | Orlando, FL: Co-hosted by the Orlando Federalist Society. RSVP HERE

October 29, 2018 | Baltimore, MD: Co-hosted by the Baltimore Maryland Public Policy Institute. RSVP HERE

October 30, 2018 | Washington, D.C.: Co-hosted by the GWU Young Americans for Liberty. RSVP HERE

November 1, 2018 | Washington, D.C.: Co-hosted by the Hudson Institute. Registration opening soon

November 7, 2018 | Houston, TX: Special midterm election event RSVP HERE

November 15, 2018 | Jackson, MS: Co-hosted by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. RSVP HERE

February, 7, 2018 | Washington, D.C.: Co-hosted by AEI. Registration opening soon

February 20, 2018 | Kansas City, MO: Co-hosted by the Kansas City Public Library. Registration opening soon

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Immigration policy has long divided America. It continues to be one of the country’s biggest issues, yet substantive discussion often gets sidelined. In Melting Pot or Civil War? Reihan Salam delivers a rational, considered, and egalitarian argument against open borders.

In his book, Salam argues that uncontrolled immigration is bad for almost all Americans, including those who belong to immigrant communities. Our current system has intensified the isolation of our native poor, and it risks ghettoizing the children of poor immigrants. It ignores the challenges posed by the declining demand for less-skilled labor, even as it exacerbates ethnic inequality and deepens our political divides. Rejecting both cosmopolitan extremism and white identity politics, Salam makes the case that limiting total immigration and favoring skilled immigrants will combat rising inequality, balance diversity with assimilation, and foster a new, unifying nationalism.

Join Salam for a stirring conversation that goes beyond the partisan bickering that surrounds immigration policy and shows that a new immigration policy — one that serves the interests of all Americans, native and foreign-born — is possible.


Reihan Salam is the executive editor of National Review, a fellow at National Review Institute, and a lead writer for The Agenda on He is also a contributing editor of National Affairsand The Atlantic. With Ross Douthat, Mr. Salam is the co-author of Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008).

Previously, Mr. Salam was a columnist for Slate, an associate editor at The Atlantic, a producer for NBC News, a junior editor and editorial researcher at the New York Times, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a reporter-researcher at The New Republic

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