Alvaro Vargas Llosa: "Global Crossings"

Alvaro Vargas Llosa: "Global Crossings"

Immigration policy has long been an emotionally and politically charged topic. Journalist and author Alvaro Vargas Llosa examines the causes and consequences of human migration, and argues that immigrants' economic contributions far outweigh the costs.

Immigration has long been an emotionally and politically charged topic in the United States. The Senate last week began debating a bill to reform the nation's immigration policies. President Barack Obama called it a "broken system" and urged lawmakers to fix it. Some members of Congress are fighting for tougher laws. They, along with many Americans, worry immigrants are taking jobs from U.S. citizens and burdening already strapped social service programs. But a new book argues that legal immigration is almost always economically -- and morally -- beneficial. Diane speaks with Alvaro Vargas Llosa about immigration.

Guests

Alvaro Vargas Llosa

senior fellow at The Independent Institute, a former columnist at the Washington Post Writers Group and former editor at the Miami Herald. He hosted a four-part National Geographic series titled "Consecuencias" on contemporary Latin American history.

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Excerpt from "Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America" by Alvaro Vargas Llosa. Copyright 2013 by Alvaro Vargas Llosa. Reprinted here by permission of Independent Institute. All rights reserved.

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