A Community of Equals

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The acute desire to close American borders to new arrivals, mostly persons of color from developing countries, has surfaced in school board gatherings, town hall meetings, gubernatorial races, even presidential elections. . . . Does America still see itself as the 'land of immigrants'? Why not . . . invest in the survival and progress of all immigrants?--Edwidge Danticat, from the Foreword

In this timely book, Owen Fiss examines the paradox of new immigrants being stripped of ...

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The acute desire to close American borders to new arrivals, mostly persons of color from developing countries, has surfaced in school board gatherings, town hall meetings, gubernatorial races, even presidential elections. . . . Does America still see itself as the 'land of immigrants'? Why not . . . invest in the survival and progress of all immigrants?--Edwidge Danticat, from the Foreword

In this timely book, Owen Fiss examines the paradox of new immigrants being stripped of their rights within a democracy committed to equality. Arguing that it is in the interest of all of us-citizens and citizens-to-be-to live up to the promise of our Constitution, Fiss challenges the courts to invoke the courage they once brought to landmark civil rights cases and to apply it now to preserve a community of equals. Distinguished scholars and activists respond and debate the implications of Fiss's argument.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

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A crucial contribution to a debate about immigration and equality in our prosperous, paranoid times. The fundamental constitutional issues raised by this book should not be ignored and cannot be postponed.--Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden
Ariel Dorfman
This book is essential reading as we continue our national debate on who is entitled to the abundance of America. "A crucial contribution to a debate about immigration and equality in our prosperous, paranoid times. The fundamental constitutional issues raised by this book should not be ignored and cannot be postponed.
author of Death and the Maiden
Frank Wu
Depending on your perspective, Owen Fiss has either terrific or terrible timing....In trying to distinguish between citizenship and race, Fiss has touched upon a tension that is likely to trouble the left in the future....[T]his is one issue that will not go away.
The Progressive
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807004371
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: New Democracy Forum
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 107
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Fiss is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University. His most recent books are Liberalism Divided and The Irony of Free Speech.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Editors' Preface
The Immigrant as Pariah 3
Let the People Decide 25
First Class 30
Caste Recast 36
Let Them Vote 43
A Right to Dignity 52
Beyond Borders 58
A Moral Responsibility 63
Open Borders 69
Messy Realities 74
Getting Policy Wrong 84
Rights or Privileges? 91
Reply: A Third Reconstruction? 97
Notes 103
About the Contributors 105
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