Impossible Subjects

Impossible Subjects

Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

Book - 2014
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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 differences and by emphasizing as never before the nation's continguous land borders and their patrols.
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey :, Princeton University Press,, 2014
Edition: New paperback edition with a new forward by the author
ISBN: 9780691160825
0691160821
Characteristics: xxx, 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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