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Both Democrats and Republicans largely accept that the immigration system is broken, but it remains to be seen whether reforms proffered by the Senate and House leaderships will unite the majority.

Immigration still elicits fear and mistrust, and not just on the part of the “receiving” society, despite having occurred for thousands of years throughout human history. Communities from which people immigrate often disapprove of the immigrants’ decision and consider it treacherous. The recent reawakening of the debate about immigration in the new millennium has evoked intense emotion, particularly in the United States and Europe.

Global Crossings makes a call for a pro-legal immigration reform as an alternative to the flawed solutions being proffered by progressives in Congress. This agenda will make immigration a defining force in the arena of competitive globalization and the people of those countries who embrace immigration will enjoy more prosperous, peaceful, and freer lives in the emerging world.

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HOT NEWS

“Swiss Immigration Vote Shakes Up E.U.” Author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa in The Globe and Mail
Tue. March 11, 2014

Association of American Publishers awards Global Crossings with the 2013 PROSE Honorable Mention Award for Best Book in Economics
Thu. February 6, 2014

“Vargas Llosa Sketches an Optimistic Argument for Immigration” Global Crossings reviewed in Carolina Journal
Wed. November 27, 2013

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THE AUTHOR

ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA is a Senior Fellow of The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, who has been a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group and among his books, Liberty for Latin America, received the Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award for its contribution to the cause of freedom in 2006 and Lessons from the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit was awarded the Templeton Freedom Award (2010). He was appointed Young Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. READ MORE »

ABOUT THE BOOK

Migration has been happening, in varying forms, for millennia but it still elicits fear and mistrust, and not just on the part of the “receiving” society. Communities from where people migrate often disapprove of the migrants' decision and consider it treacherous. The recent reawakening of the debate about migration in the new millennium has evoked intense emotion particularly in the United States and Europe.

Global Crossings cuts through the jungle of myth, falsehood and misrepresentation that dominates the debate, clarifying the causes and consequences of human migration. Why do millions of people continue to risk their lives, and oftentimes lose it, in the pursuit of a chance to establish themselves in a foreign land?

The book first looks at the immigrant experience, which connects the present to the past, and America to the rest of the world, and explores who migrants are and why they move. The conduct of migrants today is no different than that of migrants in the past. And contrary to the claims by immigration critics, the patterns of contemporary migration do not differ fundamentally from those of other epochs.

Global Crossings then discusses immigration regarding culture. To what degree are foreigners culturally different? Can natives adapt? Can immigrants assimilate into the new society? In assessing whether critics are justified in pointing to a major cultural shift Alvaro Vargas Llosa reviews such topics as religion, education, entrepreneurial spirit, and attitudes toward the receiving society.
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PRAISE

“This compelling book is a must read for anyone on the vital yet contentious issue of immigration. Global Crossings puts a personal face on the issue, superbly arguing that restrictions on the basis of accident of birthplace have no economic or social justification, and in the hands of government are a dangerous infringement on individual liberty and human well-being.”
—Daniel L. McFadden, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences; E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

“Alvaro Vargas Llosa's timing is as superb as his book, which lands smack in the middle of a feverish Washington debate over America's most recent arrivals. Our current immigration policies have contributed to labor shortages; created thriving markets in human smuggling and document fraud; and left us with 11 million-plus illegal aliens. . . . What recommends Global Crossings is that it offers a thoughtful critique of the restrictionists from the standpoint of a fellow conservative. . . . In our time, America's nativist strain found expression in Samuel Huntington's 2004 bestseller, Who Are We? The late Harvard political scientist updated the "past immigrants were good, current immigrants are bad" argument for the 21st century. . . . Mr. Vargas Llosa is having none of this, and Global Crossings presents considerable evidence to counter the claims that America isn't absorbing new immigrants as it absorbed old ones. . . . Mr. Vargas Llosa's primary focus is U.S. immigration policy, but he uses international comparisons to show how immigration has benefited other countries as well. . . . Immigrants are drawn, first and foremost, to economic opportunity in the U.S., writes Mr. Vargas Llosa. . . . Mr. Vargas Llosa says that our policy makers should focus on keeping the right incentives in place to attract and integrate immigrants rather than stanching the flow.”
The Wall Street Journal

Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America is a much needed antidote to the hysterical drivel that dominates the debate over immigration reform. The book demonstrates how important it is to adapt our immigration policy to the needs of our economy and to welcome those who will make a genuine contribution to our future prosperity. America’s success as an immigrant nation is in danger from those who would close our borders out of fear and ignorance. Global Crossings dispels both.”
—Linda L. Chavez, former Director, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Global Crossings dispels the myths over the crucial yet divisive issue of immigration. As a nation of immigrants, America has been enriched economically and culturally from these new arrivals, and Vargas Llosa shows why our future will depend on continuing to advance a welcoming immigration policy.”
—Stephen Moore, former Senior Economist, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee; Founding President, Club for Growth; author, Who’s the Fairest of Them All? The Truth about Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America

“Why do people migrate? What motivates people to go from one country to another? Álvaro Vargas Llosa responds to these vital questions in his new book Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America. He leads us on a valuable tour of immigration throughout the world and then focuses on aspects of the history of immigration in the U.S. The book highlights the role of immigrants in the development of nations, throwing overboard the myth that immigrants cost more than they provide or take away the jobs of citizens. Vargas Llosa encourages an ‘open mind’ which supports national policies that assimilate the cultural richness of immigrant groups and also fights against the criminalization of migration.”
—Vicente Fox, former President, Republic of Mexico

“Vargas Llosa’s brilliant, scholarly book Global Crossings brings down the temperature of the immigration debate. In prose filled with analysis and stories, statistics and history, he shows that ‘Hispanic’ immigrants are nothing new—not ‘barbarians’ but future Americans. Theologically speaking, faith is a backward-looking identity, where you come from. Hope is the forward-looking project of your life, the answer to Quo vadis? Which way for America? For their benefit in every way, Americans need to be hopeful citizens of the world, as they have been. Vargas Llosa sees America in terms of hope, not faith, a ‘credo,’ as he puts it, of progress, not a catechism of nationalism. Long may Global Crossings flourish. I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.”
—Deirdre N. McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, and English, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Using facts, history, logic and his own personal experiences, Alvaro Vargas Llosa vividly demonstrates why immigration is almost always economically, culturally and morally beneficial. Global Crossings is an essential and highly readable, even riveting, tour de force.”
—Richard K. Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio University

“At a time when there is much hyperbole and hysteria about immigrants and immigration policy, Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s path-breaking book Global Crossings delivers much needed level-headed insights into the nature of migration and the ramifications for the United States as a nation. Immigration is an immutable part of the American story and Vargas Llosa’s contributions to the conversation are important, not just for exploring socioeconomic dynamics, but for providing a window into the personal experiences that are often lost in the larger debate.”
—Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

VIDEOS

Alvaro Vargas Llosa on the Immigration Debate on WSJ Opinion Journal
May 29, 2013

Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Newsmax TV
June 3, 2013

Alvaro Vargas Llosa on The New Republic TV (TNRtv) with Ben Eisler - discusses Zelaya and Chavez, as well as changes in Argentine leadership
June 30, 2009

Alvaro Vargas Llosa discusses Venezuela's terrorist connections with Syria and Iran on Fox News “The Sean Hannity Show”
July 18, 2010

Alvaro Vargas Llosa discusses the rise of the Latin America left on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS
April 29, 2005


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PAST EVENTS

Date Event
TBD Alvaro Vargas Llosa to speak at the Manhattan Institute. Stay tuned for details!
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa to speak to America’s Future Foundation on Tuesday, June 25th
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa to speak at Cato Institute on June 21st at 12pm EST
Fri., May. 31, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa to sign advanced copies of Global Crossings at the Book Expo of America (BEA) in New York City on Friday, May 31st
NEWS


Date News
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014 “Swiss Immigration Vote Shakes Up E.U.” Author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa in The Globe and Mail
Thu., Feb. 6, 2014 Association of American Publishers awards Global Crossings with the 2013 PROSE Honorable Mention Award for Best Book in Economics
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013 “Vargas Llosa Sketches an Optimistic Argument for Immigration” Global Crossings reviewed in Carolina Journal
Thu., Nov. 7, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on CNN Chile (Spanish)
Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 “Beginning of the end for the Kirchner era,” by Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 “Beginning of the end for the Kirchner era” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa Op-Ed in The Globe and Mail on the upcoming elections in Argentina
Wed., Oct. 16, 2013 “Books I Read and Liked in the First Half of October 2013” Sr. Fellow and author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa, cited on Grasping Reality with Both Hands blog.
Fri., Sep. 20, 2013 “Immigration Policy” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on WATR radio’s Talk of the Town with Larry Rifkin
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013 “Immigration Changing Minds” Sr. Fellow and author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on The Common Sense Club Radio Show
Wed., Sep. 4, 2013 “Immigration, Civilization and America” Sr. Fellow and author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on WLRN Radio’s Tropical Currents show
Tue., Sep. 3, 2013 “Immigration in America” Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on Inside Track on KVOI-Tucson
Sat., Aug. 31, 2013 “Lowman Henry with Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on American Radio Journal with Lowman Henry
Fri., Aug. 23, 2013 “Immigration—get real” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings in The Hill
Mon., Aug. 19, 2013 “The New American Dream” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings on KERA Radio’s Think
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013 “Immigration Reform” Sr. Fellow and author of Global Crossings appears on Bloomberg Radio’s “The Hays Advantage”
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013 “Immigration Reform Debate” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Jason Lewis Show
Tue., Jul. 30, 2013 “Border Security Fallacies and Immigration Reform” Senior Fellow and author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa in The Daily Caller
Mon., Jul. 15, 2013 “Scholar Alvaro Vargas Llosa Says Immigration Fears Are Unfounded” Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on WFPL radio
Thu., Jul. 11, 2013 “Positive Aspects of Immigration Bill Outweigh Its Flaws” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa in Investor’s Business Daily
Thu., Jul. 11, 2013 C-SPAN2’s BookTV Featuring Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa Regarding His Independent Institute Book Global Crossings Re-Airs Sat., 7/13, 2:30 pm ET, Mon. 4:45 am ET
Mon., Jul. 8, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Author of “Global Crossings” appears on KTTH radio’s David Boze Show
Sat., Jul. 6, 2013 Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa to be featured on C-SPAN2’s BookTV regarding his Independent Institute book Global Crossings: Sunday, July 7th, 7:30 pm ET, 4:30 pm PDT
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013 “Filling in holes: Author analyzes U.S. immigration history and policy” Global Crossings By Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa is reviewed in World Magazine
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Final Say Radio Show with Brett Rappaport
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013 New York Times columnist David Brooks cites Global Crossings by Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on WATR “Talk of the Town with Larry Rifkin” radio show
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on Radio Free Washington with host Steven Maggi
Mon., Jun. 24, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The John Carlson Radio Show on KVI-AM Seattle, WA
Sat., Jun. 22, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on KFNX radio’s A Call to Rights Radio Show
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013 “Senators Reach Bipartisan Border Security Deal” Senior Fellow, and author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on CBN-TV
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Jim Bohannon Radio Show
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on KLIN Lincoln, NE
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on KCUR-Radio Kansas City, MO
Thu., Jun. 20, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Radio
Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on American Family Radio
Tue., Jun. 18, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show”
Tue., Jun. 18, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Joel Riley Morning Radio Show on WTVN Radio Columbus, OH
Tue., Jun. 18, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings to appear on Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio Tuesday, June 18 at 11:00am EDT.
Mon., Jun. 17, 2013 “Immigration Reform-The Time for Free Trade” Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell in The Huffington Post
Mon., Jun. 17, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings is mentioned on The Larry Kudlow Radio Show
Mon., Jun. 17, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on WDUN-AM Atlanta Morning Show with Bill Maine and Joel Williams
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Dennis Miller Radio Show (paywall)
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on WRVA’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Frank Beckmann Show on WJR radio in Detroit
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on KSCO-AM San Jose Happy Hour with Charley Freedman
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on WTMA Charleston Tara Servatius
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on KDAZ-AM Albuquerque with host Dan Rosecrans
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 “Right on Immigration” Global Crossings by Alvaro Vargas Llosa Is Reviewed in The Wall Street Journal
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on Pete Kaliner Show on WWNC-AM Asheville, NC
Wed., Jun. 5, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on WINA’s Rob Schilling Radio Show
Wed., Jun. 5, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on KBLU radio’s Live and Local with Russ Clark show Yuma, AZ
Tue., Jun. 4, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The David Webb Radio Show on Sirius XM satellite radio
Tue., Jun. 4, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Bev Smith Radio Show
Tue., Jun. 4, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on The Think Tank with Garland Robinette on WWL radio New Orleans
Tue., Jun. 4, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on America’s Radio News Network’s The Drive Home
Mon., Jun. 3, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on the “Brad Davis Show” on WDRC-AM radio Hartford, CT
Mon., Jun. 3, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on “The Frank Beckman Show” on WJR- Detroit radio
Mon., Jun. 3, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF radio in Raleigh, NC
Mon., Jun. 3, 2013 “Independent Institute: GOP Scrutiny of Immigration Bill a ‘Wonderful Debate’” Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show
Sun., Jun. 2, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings appears on “Flashpoint Live” radio with Sam Sorbo and Marius Forteshow on the Talk Radio Network
Sat., Jun. 1, 2013 “7 Major Immigration Myths Debunked” Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings in The Huffington Post
Thu., May. 30, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Author of Global Crossings Appears on The Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal Live
Wed., May. 29, 2013 Alvaro Vargas Llosa to appear on Wall Street Journal Television’s “Opinion Journal Live” on Wednesday, May 29th at 1:00 p.m. EST
Wed., May. 29, 2013 “Addressing and Discrediting 7 Major Myths About Immigration” Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings in Forbes
Mon., May. 13, 2013 Author of Global Crossings Alvaro Vargas Llosa to Appear on Fox News’ “Hannity” Friday, May 17 at 9 pm EDT.
Tue., Mar. 19, 2013 “Seize Opportunity to Reform Immigration” Op-Ed by Alvaro Vargas Llosa in USA Today



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