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Defining America through immigration policy

Author: Bill Ong Hing
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2004.
Series: Mapping racisms.
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From the earliest days of nationhood, the United States has determined who might enter the country and who might be naturalized. In this sweeping review of US immigration policies, Bill Ong Hing points to the racial, ethnic, and social struggles over who should be welcomed into the community of citizens. He shows how shifting visions of America have shaped policies governing asylum, exclusion, amnesty, and border  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Ong Hing
ISBN: 1592132324 9781592132324 1592132332 9781592132331
OCLC Number: 52347820
Description: xi, 324 pages ; 26 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Defining America. The Western European new world and the new Americans ; The undesirable Asian ; "Translate this": the 1917 literacy law ; The xenophobic 1920s. --
pt. II. Redefining America. The 1952 act: excluding communists, homosexuals, and other undesirables ; 1965 to 1990: from discriminatory quotas to discriminatory diversity visas. --
pt. III. Defining Mexicans as non-Americans. Politicizing the Southwest border ; Patrolling the border and sweeping for Mexicans ; IRCA: penalizing employers, as amnesty barely survives ; The dark side of modern-day enforcement: Operation Gatekeeper. --
pt. IV. Deporting and barring non-Americans. Removal ; The politics of asylum. --
Epilogue: Two Americas.
Series Title: Mapping racisms.
Responsibility: Bill Ong Hing ; foreword by Anthony D. Romero.
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