Commonwealth Republican Women's Club

Alexandria, Virginia
CRWC Conservative Book Club
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At their March meeting, the book club had a lively discussion of the book: We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative by George Borjas.
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The CRWC Book Club was founded in September, 2017 by Susan Yonts-Shepard, past president of CRWC, the club's Twitter afficionado, and staunch defender of the conservative way of life.

The book club's goal is to read books about, by, and for conservatives on all of the important issues of the day.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Members may bring their own lunch.  The hostess of the month provides drinks.
Next Meeting

Home of Laurie Kirby

July 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg
2018-2019 Schedule
April - June
Judege Jeanine Pirro
Sean Spicer
Kenneth Starr
Steve Hilton
Alan Dershowitz
George Borjas
Jonah Goldberg
Liars, Leakers, & Liberals
The Briefing
Positive Populism
The Case against Impeaching Trump
We Wanted Workers

Suicide of the West
Prior Meetings
NEW!! Book Exchange: Feel free to bring to the meeting books you no longer want to exchange for books others bring. Any genre, biographies, mysteries, fiction, non- fiction; it doesn’t matter, someone will want them!
February 16, 2019
Home of Jan Bates
The Case Against Impeaching Trump by Alan Dershowitz

The Book Club met at Jan Bates’ house where we had wonderful time discussing a variety of topics including Alan Dershowitz’s book, Dershowitz makes a compelling case against any attempt to impeach the President because he says the President has done nothing that comes close to meeting the standard set by the Constitution for impeachment. He adds that he would be saying the same thing regardless of who was President given the same circumstance. He illustrates how the Constitution stipulates treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors are the only reasons for impeachment. And you must commit these crimes while in office. Also in his book he talks about how far left the ACLU has moved in the last 10 years and that he no longer supports them. And he briefly describes how appointing a Special Prosecutor to look into Russian involvement in US elections was a mistake. He advocates for a bipartisan commission instead.

The Book Club will be reading. We Wanted Workers, next. And the March meeting will be held at Susan Yonts-Shepard’s house ( If you are interested in attending, need more information about the book, would like to join the book club or just sit in on our discussion, let Susan know.

March 16, 2019
Home of Susan Yonts Shepard
We Wanted Workers by George Borjas

Our book of choice for March was We Wanted Workers by Dr. George Borjas. Everyone was very impressed with the book. It is an honest look at immigration beginning with the last major wave of immigrants to enter the US in the early 1900s up to the current day. We all felt Borjas did a good job of putting to rest some of the more extreme beliefs on all sides of the immigration issue. And unlike some in academia these days he presents his findings with no ideological gloss.

The book opens with Professor Borjas's own immigrant story.  He came to the US with his family from Cuba shortly after the Castro dictatorship took power. But Borjas is no sentimental supporter of immigration. He is an economist and believes strongly that the numbers on immigration speak for themselves.

He casts a clear eye on the claims made both for and against immigration and concludes that the benefits to native-born Americans are minimal compared to those that accrue to the immigrants themselves. While assimilation, becoming American, is the goal of some immigrants, many of the current policies we have for immigrants actually work against their integration into society at large and allow them to live in enclaves where they don’t have to learn English and don’t have to assimilate. All of which works against them and the US economy.

The book is full of interesting facts, two of which are that 46 percent of immigrants are on welfare and a majority of them live in California. Borjas says that 98 percent of the benefits of immigration goes to the immigrants. The take-away ideas from the book : We must 1)  have secure borders; 2) compensate those native Americans who are displaced by immigrant labor; 3) give up on trying for comprehensive immigration reform; instead, fix pieces of the problem like chain immigration, require English language skills; 4) remove birthright for the children of illegal immigrants; 5) extend the prohibition on paying Federal welfare benefits to immigrants for five years to benefits provided at the State level; 6) and finally, the most surprising recommendation of all, get rid of affirmative action programs.
Stay tuned for information about the next book club. Our regular meeting date conflicts with Easter weekend so alternative dates are being considered.