June 6th, 2012
03:07 PM ET

'The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work'

Fareed Zakaria looks at how the immigration systems work – and don't work – in Japan, Europe, Canada and the U.S. in the TV special: "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" on CNN at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 10. Watch on CNN International on Saturday, June 16, at 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET

Few topics are more provocative than immigration. In this special, I look around the world for insightful immigration policies in Japan, Europe, and Canada – and explore what the United States can learn from each.

America is an immigrant society. What I was struck by, though, was a lot of other countries have learned our tricks and bettered them.

So, did you know, for example, that Canada has more foreign-born nationals than we do? And Australia has more immigrants than we do? Those societies have become, in 10 or 15 years, genuinely pluralistic, diverse immigrant societies. And here's the kicker: They have figured out a way to do immigration right, where they take smart, hardworking, talented people whom their economy needs.

In the Sunday special, we look at these lessons. Also joining me are two thought leaders on immigration politics and policy – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY) and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R-KS).

More from Global Lessons: Immigration

What do you think? What can the U.S. learn from other countries' immigration policies? Share you comments below.

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  2. ccchacon

    Mexico matters, Mexican lives matter. If the worst he hear is that 180K illegal aliens of all countries have a criminal record, compare that to the 13million Hispanics here illegally and you see that 99% of Mexican immigrants are good people.

    Go by your personal experience dealing with Mexican immigrants not the sound bites of idios. Mexico and Mexicans Matter!

    July 24, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  3. ccchacon

    Mexico matters, Mexican lives matter. If the worst he hear is that 180K illegal aliens of all countries have a criminal record, compare that to the 13million Hispanics here illegally and you see that 99% of Mexican immigrants are good people.

    Go by your personal experience dealing with Mexican immigrants not the sound bites of idios. Mexico and Mexicans Matter!

    July 24, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  4. ccchacon

    Mexico Matters, Mexican lives and families matter. If the worst we hear is that 180K illegal aliens have a criminal record (God know how bad each crime was?), that is minimal compare to the 13 million illegal Mexicans or Hispanic (they pile us up like cattle, all in one) you can see that this means that almost 99% of Illegal Mexicans with families are not criminals.

    Go by your personal experience in dealing with Mexicans and Mexican immigrants, not the stupid sound bites. Mexico, Mexicans and Illegal Mexicans Matter. It always will!

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  6. Omar

    Latin Americans want to migrate to the United States because Capitalism does not work very well in their country. They are escaping poverty, hunger, unemployment and violence. The only way to reduce migration is for life in their country of origin to get better for everyone. Us throwing money at the problem in Latin America does not work. It also does not work for us to indoctrinate and fund right wing dissidents in those country. What is needed is reform and reduction of inequality. The GDP of Central American country is a fraction of ours and the apartheid of capitalism leaves millions in poverty and without out living wages jobs. We know that Capitalistic societies do not create opportunities for everyone that wants to work so an expansion of social programs and education opportunities is required. The wealth of nations need to be controlled by internationalists and not capitalists. The capitalists have had control for more than one century and the poverty and hunger, drivers of emigration, has not been resolved. Walls, sanctions, more money for economic systems that do not work will never reduce illegal immigration. Reforms will.

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