U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Laws and Issues: A Documentary History

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Michael C. LeMay, Michael Robert Lemay, Elliott Robert Barkan
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Social Science - 336 pages

The influx of millions of immigrants into the United States has profoundly impacted the nation's economy, culture, and politics. Since the founding of our country, our government has worked to control this migration by enacting different policies to deal with immigration and naturalization. Students can trace the history and development of issues surrounding these policies, as well as the reactions to them, through this unique and comprehensive collection of over 100 primary documents. Court cases, opinion pieces, and many other documents bring to life the controversies surrounding the subject of immigration. Explanatory introductions aid users in understanding each document and help to illuminate its significance to the reader.

The major laws on immigration and naturalization are included in this useful volume, and have been edited to include the principal provisions in each, thereby making them more accessible to students without compromising their quality and accuracy. These key primary documents are arranged chronologically to help the user discover what has and has not changed over the centuries. The introductory and explanatory texts help readers understand the issues being litigated, the social and cultural pressures that shaped each deate, and the ways in which biases of individual Justices and Presidents affected immigration and naturalization laws in this country.


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The Era of Unrestricted Entry and Unrestricted AdmissionColonial Period to 1880
Limited Naturalization Unlimited Immigration1880 to 1920
Restrictions Refugees and Reform1920 to 1965
Immigration and Naturalization in an Age of Globalization1965 to 1996

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About the author (1999)

MICHAEL LEMAY is Professor, and chair of Environmental Science at California State University, San Bernardino. He specializes in immigration policy and is the author of many books including Anatomy of a Public Policy: The Reform of Contemporary American Immigration Law (Praeger, 1994), Now Picture This: Graphic Literacy in the Social Sciences, and The Gatekeepers: Comparative Immigration Policy (Praeger, 1989).

ELLIOTT ROBERT BARKIN is Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the author of many books, including Asian and Pacific Islander Migration to the United States: A Model of Global Patterns (1992) and A Nation of Peoples: A Sourcebook on America's Multicultural Heritage (1999), both published by Greenwood Press.

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