The face of the nation : immigration, the state, and the national identity / Keith Fitzgerald.

"This innovative work provides both a historical account of the crazy-quilt of legislation dealing with immigration that Congress has passed over the years and a theoretical explanation, building on the 'new institutionalism', of how these laws came to be passed. The author shows why...

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Main Author: Fitzgerald, Keith A., 1956- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
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Summary:"This innovative work provides both a historical account of the crazy-quilt of legislation dealing with immigration that Congress has passed over the years and a theoretical explanation, building on the 'new institutionalism', of how these laws came to be passed. The author shows why immigration is a uniquely revealing policy arena in which a polity chooses what it will be, a collective decision that shapes a nation's identity and defines itself. The book focuses on three aspects of immigration policy: the regulation of admission to the United States for permanent residency, the regulation of admission of people fleeing political repression, and the efforts to cope with the flow of unsanctioned migrants across the US-Mexico border. The author concludes by discussing the normative significance and policy implications of his findings, notably the significance of political institutions in the formation of American political identity."--Publisher description.
Physical Description:285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index.
ISBN:0804724857
9780804724852
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