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From the PublisherAn important and fresh contribution to our understanding of the tropes and policies governing race, immigrants, and membership in America. Lina Newton develops a valuable set of theoretical claims and strong evidence to show how official and social constructions of particular groups shape immigration reform and power distributions more generally.-Daniel J. Tichenor,author of Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America
This superb study of immigration politics marks an important step forward. Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant is an exemplary study of political discourse that shines a much-needed light on the divisive rhetoric that surrounds U.S. immigration policy today. -Joe Soss,author of Unwanted Claims: The Politics of Participation in the U.S. Welfare System
Newton neatly overlays policy theories with arguably the most contentious domestic policy issue of our times, namely, how governments equitably and humanely resolve the issues of illegal immigration. As such, she importantly adds to a growing literature that sets out the political, cultural, and economic complexities of these debates. -Peter deLeon,author of Democracy and the Policy Sciences
"Presents complex ideas in an admirably accessible fashion."
“These arguments make significant contributions to the growing literature on the role of symbolic politics in immigration policy. Newton's book would be a stimulating and appropriate text for either upper-division or graduate courses.”
-Political Science Quarterly