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In our current political climate, the issue of immigration has emerged as perhaps the single most salient political issue in the West. It poses questions that are central to the American experience: What does it mean to be an American? How can we best promote the rule of law, while maintaining our tradition as a nation of immigrants? Is immigration strengthening or weakening our country?

On November 29, 2018 The American Conservative and The Nation partnered for a Podius Debate to explore these questions. The debate resolution was “Resolved: America Needs More Immigrants,” with The Nation arguing in favor and The American Conservative arguing in opposition.

Moderated by Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour Anchor and Managing Editor.


Sasha Abramsky, frequent contributor to The Nation, is the author of several books, including Inside Obama’s Brain, and The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives. His most recentbook, Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream, looks at the role irrational fear plays in divisive issues like gun control, health care, and immigration.

Helen Andrews is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in First Things, Spectator USA, Claremont Review, and American Affairs, among many others. Andrews was a 2017 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.

Jim Antle is editor of The American Conservative. Previously, he was politics editor of the Washington Examiner, managing editor of The Daily Caller, and associate editor of the American Spectator. Antle is the author of Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?

Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for The Nation, a contributing editor at Dissent magazine, and a contributing writer at In These Times. She is also a co-producer of “Asia Pacific Forum” on Pacifica’s WBAI and Dissent’s “Belabored” podcast, and studies history at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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