Becoming American: Why Immigration Is Good for Our Nation's Future

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For policy makers, business leaders, and American citizens, immigration reform is one of the defining issues of our time. In turns both personal and analytical, remaining factual and well-argued throughout, Fariborz Ghadar’s Becoming American makes the case for common sense immigration policies and practices that will not only help strengthen America’s economy and role as world leader, but will also help millions of prospective immigrants and their families start making more out of their lives today, and for generations to come. The author is an Iranian immigrant who fled his homeland decades ago in search of a more stable and successful future. Weaving his personal story into that of the millions of immigrants facing unnecessary hurdles at the global level, he demonstrates the need for our governments and leaders to make policy decisions intelligently – not just based on current circumstances – but with an eye toward a future brighter than our current state of dysfunction, uncertainty, and regrettable bigotry towards those with funny names. Based on our nation’s undeniable history as a nation of immigrants, we cannot fail to address the impact that immigration will have on our future if we want to accurately plan for a thriving, diverse and better tomorrow. Becoming American understand helps readers not only the mindset of America’s immigrant populations, but makes the case for America once more as a place for the world’s hardest workers, loftiest dreamers, and most prosperous people.

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Fariborz Ghadar is the founding director of The Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State University, and a Distinguished Scholar and Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

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Ghadar's new book weaves in stories of successful immigrant economists, entrepreneurs, and government advisers while debunking myths that surround immigration. For example, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a path to legalization for some immigrants could add billions to government coffers rather than be a drain on the economy. Nor have fears of immigrants as national security threats been borne out.... The facts that Ghadar presents throughout the book, backed by his experience as founding director of Penn State's Center for Global Business Studies and distinguished scholar and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, make his call to action hard to ignore. (Harvard Business Review)

Becoming American, a timely new book from Professor Fariborz Ghadar of Penn State Smeal College of Business, emphasises the importance of sound and sustainable immigration policies for the future economic success of the US, and carries a message applicable to a wide global audience. ... Ghadar, himself an immigrant, offers a series of accounts of his own family’s and other individual immigrants’ successful progress. This personal approach makes his book enjoyable to read - but fundamentally this is a book based on hard facts. (IDEP)

An American by choice, Fariborz Ghadar offers an unblinking perspective on the challenges and aspirations of immigrants, weaving together concrete analysis and personal narrative into an insightful book with useful policy prescriptions. (John Hamre, President of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and former Deputy Secretary of Defense)

Dr. Ghadar, a renowned authority on future trends, captures in his book Becoming American the importance of sound and sustainable immigration policies for the future economic success of the United States. The analysis of historical immigration policies and their impact on America are insightful and well documented. The 21st Century needs of our country also highlight the demands of new technologies, industries and clusters and the talent necessary for the United States to be competitive on a global basis. Appropriate and common sense immigration policies can make this a reality. Dr. Ghadar’s book should be read by every member of Congress before making any decision on immigration policies. (James C. Boland, Retired Vice Chairman of Ernst & Young, Chairman of JobsOhio)

Fariborz Ghadar passes the torch to his reader in this book. After reading it, you cannot help but be further enlightened and inspired to have a voice in one of the most important debates of our times. (Laura Kohler, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Kohler Co.)

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