The Truth About Immigration: Why Successful Societies Welcome Newcomers (Hardcover)

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The Truth About Immigration: Why Successful Societies Welcome Newcomers (Hardcover)


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The go-to book on immigration: fact-based, comprehensive, and nonpartisan.

Immigration is one of the most controversial topics in the United States and everywhere else. Pundits, politicians, and the public usually depict immigrants as either villains or victims. The villain narrative is that immigrants pose a threat—to our economy because they steal our jobs; our way of life because they change our culture; and to our safety and laws because of their criminality. The victim argument tells us that immigrants are needy outsiders—the poor, huddled masses whom we must help at our own cost if necessary. But the data clearly debunks both narratives. From jobs, investment, and innovation to cultural vitality and national security, more immigration has an overwhelmingly positive impact on everything that makes a society successful.

In The Truth About Immigration, Wharton professor Zeke Hernandez draws from nearly 20 years of research to answer all the big questions about immigration. He combines moving personal stories with rigorous research to offer an accessible, apolitical, and evidence-based look at how newcomers affect our local communities and our nation. You'll learn about the overlooked impact of immigrants on investment and job creation; realize how much we take for granted the novel technologies, products, and businesses newcomers create; get the facts straight about perennial concerns like jobs, crime, and undocumented immigrants; and gain new perspectives on misunderstood issues such as the border, taxes, and assimilation.

Most books making a case for immigration tell you that immigration is good for immigrants. This book is all about how newcomers benefit you, your community, and your country. Skeptics fear that newcomers compete economically with locals because of their similarities and fail to socially assimilate because of their differences. You'll see that it's exactly the opposite: newcomers bring enduring economic benefits because of their differences and contribute positively to society because of their similarities. Destined to become the go-to book on one of the most important issues of our time, this book turns fear into hope by proving a simple truth: immigrants are essential for economically prosperous and socially vibrant nations.

Zeke Hernandez is the Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A thought leader in the areas of global and corporate strategy, Hernandez has won an unprecedented three consecutive Emerging Scholar awards and was selected by Poets & Quants as one of the Best 40 Under 40 business professors in the world. His research has been published in scholarly journals and profiled by media outlets such as NPR, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and a PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250288240
ISBN-10: 125028824X
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English

"A highly readable, potentially influential contribution to the literature on immigration."
Kirkus (starred)

"America needs more immigrants. That’s the message of this important new book by Zeke Hernandez. Cutting through the noise and misinformation that colors this debate, it marshals detailed data and moving personal stories to show how immigrants of all backgrounds and skill levels drive investment, innovation, and jobs; do essential work that Americans shy away from; create widespread economic gains; and make our cities and communities stronger and safer."
—Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

“Debates about immigration are at the forefront of politics, but they’re rarely informed by data. Zeke Hernandez has spent his career studying how immigrants affect our lives and our livelihoods, and his research is filled with results that will surprise both liberals and conservatives. Wherever you stand ideologically, his book will challenge you to rethink some of your views and reconsider the potential in people from foreign countries.”
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Potential and Think Again and host of the TED podcast Re:Thinking

"The Truth About Immigration is a model of persuasive writing: a deft mix of social science data and personal stories, including the author’s own…'The essence of the economy is people interacting with each other,' [Hernandez] writes. Those interactions, which include immigrants and locals at many levels, have driven both economic success and social equality. This is a book worth reading and pondering."
—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize Winning historian and Professor emerita, Harvard University

“In a wonderfully engaging style that combines anecdotes, personal stories, and state of the art research, Hernandez challenges the traditional narratives that portray immigrants as villains or victims. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation of their own communities and the growing body of research underlying this richly detailed book.”
—David Card, Winner of the Nobel Prize and Class of 1950 Professor of Economics, University of California Berkeley

"Zeke Hernandez’s wonderful book makes a compelling case that we should shift our thinking about immigration away from what he calls 'unfounded fear' to 'factual optimism,' based on research regarding innovation, cultural vitality, and the contributions of immigrants that greatly benefit the host nation. People and policy makers around the world should study this book and take in its lessons."
—Guido Imbens, Winner of the Nobel Prize and Economics Professor, Stanford University

“Finally, a book that explains in detail why immigration is good for the country, and why it should be embraced. A must-read for anybody who wants their society to reach its maximum potential.”
—Luis von Ahn, founder and CEO, Duolingo