Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant: The Politics of Immigration Reform by Lina Newton | 9780814758427 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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

Overview

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


Acknowledgments     vii
A Note on Terminology     ix
Introduction: The Power of a Good Story     1
Considering Unlikely Outcomes: The Peculiar Politics of Immigration     5
Cases, Contexts, and the Puzzle of Policy Change     42
Contesting Illegalities: The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act     67
Immigrants versus Taxpayers: The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act     104
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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