The WSJ Reviews We Wanted Workers

The Wall Street Journal just published the first major review of my new book, We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative. The review presents a very interesting take on what the book is about and how it relates to the political debate over immigration. George Melloan says that the book gives:

a readable and detailed historical tour of America’s immigration debates and policies…Agree or disagree with his conclusions, the reader will encounter a level of seriousness that has been lacking in this campaign year.

And EJMR aficionados will find a little something to smile about towards the end of the review when Melloan touches on the thorny problem of what to do about the undocumented immigrants already in the United States:

Mr. Borjas ends his tour with a refreshing remark seldom heard from an economist. “Amazingly enough, sometimes inaction is the best action. And benign neglect of this sensitive issue is probably best as long as we take concurrent steps to ensure that we need not revisit this problem in the future with an even larger undocumented population.”

Author: George Borjas

I am a Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.