Reihan Salam’s “Melting Pot or Civil War” NYC Book Launch Event


Melting Pot or Civil War?

A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders
(Sentinel; September 25, 2018)

Join us in New York City for a book discussion with Reihan Salam

Author of Melting Pot or Civil War, fellow at National Review Institute, and executive editor of National Review

In Conversation with
Rich Lowry
Editor-in-Chief, National Review

Wednesday, October 3
The Union League Club | New York, NY
5:30PM Registration; 6:00PM Book Discussion; 7:00PM Reception and Book Signing 

Books will be available for purchase 


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Alexandra Rosenberg at



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 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 Affairs and 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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