Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History / Edition 1

Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History / Edition 1

by Daniel Kanstroom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024729

ISBN-13: 9780674024724

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The danger of deportation hangs over the head of virtually every noncitizen in the United States. In the complexities and inconsistencies of immigration law, one can find a reason to deport almost any noncitizen at almost any time. In recent years, the system has been used with unprecedented vigor against millions of deportees.

We are a nation of immigrants--but

Overview

The danger of deportation hangs over the head of virtually every noncitizen in the United States. In the complexities and inconsistencies of immigration law, one can find a reason to deport almost any noncitizen at almost any time. In recent years, the system has been used with unprecedented vigor against millions of deportees.

We are a nation of immigrants--but which ones do we want, and what do we do with those that we don't? These questions have troubled American law and politics since colonial times.

Deportation Nation is a chilling history of communal self-idealization and self-protection. The post-Revolutionary Alien and Sedition Laws, the Fugitive Slave laws, the Indian "removals," the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Palmer Raids, the internment of the Japanese Americans--all sought to remove those whose origins suggested they could never become "true" Americans. And for more than a century, millions of Mexicans have conveniently served as cheap labor, crossing a border that was not official until the early twentieth century and being sent back across it when they became a burden.

By illuminating the shadowy corners of American history, Daniel Kanstroom shows that deportation has long been a legal tool to control immigrants' lives and is used with increasing crudeness in a globalized but xenophobic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024724
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Antecedents 21

Part 1 English Roots, Colonial Controls, and Criminal Transportation 23

Part 2 The Alien and Sedition Acts: A "First Experiment" 46

Part 3 Indian Removal, Fugitive Slave Laws, and "Colonization" 63

3 From Chinese Exclusion to Post-Entry Social Control: The Early Formation of the Modern Deportation System 91

4 The Second Wave: Expansion and Refinement of Modern Deportation Law 131

5 The Third Wave: 1930-1964 161

6 Discretion, Jurisdiction Stripping, and Retroactivity, 1965-2006 225

Notes 249

Index 335

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