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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814758428

ISBN-13: 9780814758427

Pub. Date: 08/10/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

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 legislators' portrayals of illegal immigrants from positive to overwhelmingly negative facilitated the introduction and passage of controversial…  See more details below

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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 legislators' portrayals of illegal immigrants from positive to overwhelmingly negative facilitated the introduction and passage 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 path-breaking findings shed new light on the current political battles, their likely outcomes, and where to go from here.

About the Author:
Lina Newton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hunter College, City University of New York

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

Introduction The Power of a Good Story 1

1 Considering Unlikely Outcomes: The Peculiar Politics of Immigration 5

2 Cases, Contexts, and the Puzzle of Policy Change 42

3 Contesting Illegalities: The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act 67

4 Immigrants versus Taxpayers: The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act 104

5 Problem Mexicans: Race, Nationalism, and Their Limits in Contemporary Immigration Policy 137

Conclusion: Power and Image in Immigration Policymaking 163

Epilogue 171

Notes 183

References 209

Index 221

About the Author 227

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