Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant: The Politics of Immigration Reform

Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant: The Politics of Immigration Reform

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by Lina Newton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814758428

ISBN-13: 9780814758427

Pub. Date: 08/10/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

While the United States cherishes its identity as a nation of immigrants, the country’s immigration policies are historically characterized by cycles of openness and xenophobia. Outbursts of anti-immigrant sentiment among political leaders and in the broader public are fueled by a debate over who is worthy of being considered for full incorporation into the

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While the United States cherishes its identity as a nation of immigrants, the country’s immigration policies are historically characterized by cycles of openness and xenophobia. Outbursts of anti-immigrant sentiment among political leaders and in the broader public are fueled by a debate over who is worthy of being considered for full incorporation into the nation, and who is incapable of assimilating and taking on the characteristics and responsibilities associated with being an American.

In Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant, Lina Newton carefully dissects the political debates over contemporary immigration reform. Beginning with a close look at the disputes of the 1980s and 1990s, she reveals how a shift in legislator’s portrayals of illegal immigrants—from positive to overwhelmingly negative—facilitated the introduction and passing of controversial reforms. Newton’s analysis reveals how rival descriptions of immigrant groups and the flattering or disparaging myths that surround them define, shape, and can ultimately determine fights over immigration policy. Her pathbreaking findings will shed new light on the current political battles, their likely outcomes, and where to go from here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814758427
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/10/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
A Note on Terminology
Introduction: Th e Power of a Good Story
1 Considering Unlikely Outcomes: The Peculiar Politics of Immigration
2 Cases, Contexts, and the Puzzle of Policy Change
3 Contesting Illegalities: The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act
4 Immigrants versus Taxpayers: The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
5 Problem Mexicans: Race, Nationalism, and Their Limits in Contemporary Immigration Policy
Conclusion: Power and Image in Immigration
Policymaking
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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