In this Book

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Despite rhetoric that suggests that the United States opens its doors to virtually anyone who wants to come here, immigration has been restricted since the nation began. In this book, Kevin R. Johnson argues that immigration policy reflects the social hierarchy that prevails in American society as a whole and that immigration reform is intertwined with the struggle for civil rights.The "Huddled Masses" Myth focuses on the exclusion of people of color, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, the poor, political dissidents, and other disfavored groups, showing how bias shapes the law. In the nineteenth century, for example, virulent anti-Asian bias excluded would-be immigrants from China and severely restricted those from Japan. In our own time, people fleeing persecution and poverty in Haiti generally have been treated much differently from those fleeing Cuba. Johnson further argues that although domestic minorities (whether citizens or lawful immigrants) enjoy legal protections and might even be courted by politicians, they are regarded as subordinate groups and suffer discrimination. This book has particular resonance today as the public debates the uncertain status of immigrants from Arab countries and of the Muslim faith.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Immigration and Civil Rights in the United States
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Exclusion and Deportation of Racial Minorities
  2. pp. 13-54
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  1. 3. Exclusion and Deportation of Political Undesirables
  2. pp. 55-90
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  1. 4. Exclusion and Deportation of the Poor
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. 5. Exclusion and Deportation of Criminals
  2. pp. 109-123
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  1. 6. The Marginalization of Women Under the Immigration and Nationality Laws
  2. pp. 124-139
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  1. 7. Exclusion and Deportation of Lesbians and Gay Men
  2. pp. 140-151
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  1. 8. The Future of Immigration and Civil Rights in the United States
  2. pp. 152-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-254
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781592137923
MARC Record
OCLC
213304711
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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