Book Discussion: The Progressive Argument for Reducing U.S. Immigration

By CIS on May 15, 2015

Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2015) - The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club on Prof. Philip Cafaro’s provocative and thought-provoking new book, How Many Is Too Many? The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States. The author, a self-described liberal and a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, made the case that the current level of immigration isn’t consistent with progressive ideals. He argued for reducing the level of immigration into the United States in order to help American workers, especially the poorest workers, and to protect the environment. Commenting on his book was Michael Lind, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic.

View the Video:

View the Transcript:


Philip Cafaro, Ph.D.
Dr. Cafaro is a philosophy professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. He is also a fellow with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State and president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. His writing and research focuses on environmental ethics, consumption, and population issues, including his first book, Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue.

Michael Lind
Mr. Lind is a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., which he co-founded, and a contributing editor at Politico and The National Interest, as well as a columnist for Salon. He has written numerous books including, The Next American Nation, Up from Conservatism: Why the Right is Wrong for America, and most recently, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States.

David Frum
Formally a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Mr. Frum has authored a number of books, including Dead Right, a biting critique of the current Republican Party. His most recent book is Why Romney Lost (And What the GOP Can Do About It), which among other things points out that Republicans are out of touch with the working class. He is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic and chairman of the board of trustees of the British think tank Policy Exchange.

Moderator: Steven Camarota, Ph.D., Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies