Since the attacks of September 11, the United States has faced the challenge of developing new protections against terrorism without stifling the flow of people and ideas from abroad. But many argue that these new measures have cut America off from the world, punished innocent people, and discouraged the best and brightest from coming here.
In The Closing of the American Border, Alden reports on the internal battles with the Bush Administration over anti-terrorism initiatives and chronicles tragic stories of many who have been hurt by what resulted. James Fallows of The Atlantic Monthly has called this “an outstanding and important book” that should “change the way Americans talk and think about the issue.”
Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Alden was Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the Financial Times. His research has focused on U.S. immigration and visa policies, U.S. trade policy, and the impact of homeland security policies on U.S. competitiveness.