How immigration became a big problem in the U.S.

by Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Many people who never thought much about immigration before are beginning to ask, how did our country get into the current situation, and why is it so hard to manage the out-of-control burgeoning of illegal and legal immigration.
The steady increase in volume of immigration began after a new law was passed in 1965, sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy, which greatly expanded the rules, making it much easier for persons anywhere in the world, to immigrate here.
To understand what has happened since then, interested persons can learn much from the books listed below.  These are landmark books on the issue.  They’re arranged by date to show the progression of thinking and writing on the issue.
Landmark books on immigration issues
Auster, Lawrence, 1949-2013.    The path to national suicide; an essay on immigration and multiculturalism,    Monterey VA, American Immigration Control Foundation, 1990.    90 p.
       The text of this small book can now be viewed or downloaded as a pdf document on this website:  It describes the development of the 1965 law and its course through Congress.
Brimelow, Peter.    Alien nation; common sense about America’s immigration disaster.    New York, Random House, 1995.    327 p.
       This book became a national best seller, and Peter Brimelow went on to found the website, VDARE, which he still manages, at
Beck, Roy.    The case against immigration; the moral, economic, social, and environmental reasons for reducing U.S. immigration back to traditional levels.    New York, W.W. Norton, 1996.    287 p.
       Just after the book was published Roy Beck created and still leads NumbersUSA, a website and organization, which now has over 2 million members.  See
Malkin, Michelle.    Invasion; how America still welcomes terrorists, criminals, and other foreign menaces to our shores.    Washington, Regnery Publishing, 2002.    332 p.
       She is a syndicated columnist and maintains a website at:
Graham, Otis L., Jr.    Unguarded gates; a history of America’s immigration crisis.    Lanham, Md., Roman & Littlefield,  2004.    242 p.
       Graham is a professor emeritus of history at the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.  He has served on the Board of Advisors of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) for many years.  See
Tancredo, Tom.    In mortal danger; the battle for America’s border and security.    Nashville, Tenn., WND Books, 2006.    224 p.
       Tancredo served in Congress as a Representative from Colorado from 1999-2009.  While there he formed the House Immigration Reform Caucus, an active group during his tenure.
Krikorian, Mark.    The new case against immigration.    New York, Sentinel, 2008.    294 p.   
       Krikorian is Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Washington DC.
       Contents.-Assimilation: the cracked melting pot.-Mass immigration versus American sovereignty.-National security: safety in lower numbers.-Economy: Cheap labor versus modern America.-Government spending.-Population.-What is to be done?