From the earliest days of nationhood, the United States has determined who might enter the country and who might be naturalized. In Defining America: Through Immigration Policy Bill Ong Hing provides a sweeping review of US immigration policies, points to the racial, ethnic, and social struggles over who should be welcomed into the community of citizens. Hing shows how shifting visions of America have shaped policies governing asylum, exclusion, amnesty, and border policing. Defining America: Through Immigration Policy is written for a broad audience. Defining America: Through Immigration Policy sets the continuing debates about immigration in the context of what value we as a people have assigned to cultural pluralism in various eras. Hing probes into little discussed issues such as the exclusion of gays and lesbians and the impact of political considerations on the availability of amnesty and asylum to various groups of migrants. Hing's spirited discussion and sophisticated analysis will appeal to readers in a wide spectrum of academic disciplines as well as those general readers interested in America's on-going attempts to make one of many.
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Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Temple University Press
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 9.8 inches