Since the attacks of September 11th, the United States has tried build new border defenses to keep out terrorists without stifling the flow of people and ideas from abroad that have built one of the world's most dynamic nations.
But many of the new measures have instead cut America off from the world, punishing innocent people and discouraging the best and the brightest from coming here.
In The Closing of the American Border, Edward Alden reports on the internal battles in the Bush administration over these new measures, and chronicles the tragic stories of many who have been hurt by what resulted- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times.
He has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and The McLaughlin Group, as well as on NPR, the BBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
Edward Alden divides the US Department of Homeland Security into two camps: the risk-management camp accepts the impossibility of complete safety, while the other advocates for "one-hundred percent visibility" and total border security.