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The Resource Illegal : how America's lawless immigration regime threatens us all, Elizabeth F. Cohen

Illegal : how America's lawless immigration regime threatens us all, Elizabeth F. Cohen

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Illegal : how America's lawless immigration regime threatens us all
Title
Illegal
Title remainder
how America's lawless immigration regime threatens us all
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth F. Cohen
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Language
eng
Summary
"In Illegal, prominent political scientist Elizabeth Cohen explores the dark history of US immigration policy and proposes a major new plan for full-scale reform. As Cohen shows, the US has always maintained the right to exclude people from entry-from those deemed to have seditious intent to a broad category of "undesirables," which has at times included epileptics, prostitutes, beggars, and anarchists. Cohen traces the particular invention of "illegal" immigration to 1882, when the Chinese Exclusion Act was enacted to suppress immigration by "undesirable" peoples of the world. Later, through the 1924 National Origins Quota Act, Congress massively expanded the scope of racial immigrant exclusions. However, as Cohen points out, the Registry Act of 1929 quietly provided a way for people who had come to the US without legal status to eventually become legal and to naturalize. In subsequent decades, Congress began to distinguish legal from illegal immigration by mapping out the first roads to citizenry. Yet when the registry system was eventually undone in 1986 with the introduction of selective "amnesty" for documented immigrants, the problem of "the undocumented" snowballed into a legal and economic disaster. Employers kept hiring undocumented workers, incentivizing immigration, but a lack of papers could place migrant families in legal limbo. Thus, by 1996, we had a citizenship crisis -- one exacerbated when terrorism became linked with unlawful immigration, manufactured by a Congress that had allowed its citizenship -- related functions to atrophy"--
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1973-
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Cohen, Elizabeth F.
Dewey number
325.73
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • United States
  • Emigration and immigration law
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Emigration and immigration law
  • United States
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Illegal : how America's lawless immigration regime threatens us all, Elizabeth F. Cohen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
on1101493893
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 261 pages
Isbn
9781541699847
Lccn
2019039593
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1101493893
Label
Illegal : how America's lawless immigration regime threatens us all, Elizabeth F. Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
on1101493893
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 261 pages
Isbn
9781541699847
Lccn
2019039593
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1101493893

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