Impossible Subjects Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

ISBN-10: 0691160821

ISBN-13: 9780691160825

Edition: 2014 (Revised)

Authors: Mae M. Ngai

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This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U.S. immigration policy--a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. Mae Ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the 1920s--its statutory architecture, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, and long-term effects. She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, remapped America both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation's contiguous land borders and their patrol.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/27/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

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