Immigration and Citizenship in the Twenty-First Centuryby Noah M. J. Pickus
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In this important book, a distinguished group of historians, political scientists, and legal experts explore three related issues: the Immigration and Naturalization Service's historic review of its citizenship evaluation, recent proposals to alter the oath of allegiance and the laws governing dual citizenship, and the changing rights and responsibilities of citizens and resident aliens in the United States. How Americans address these issues, the contributors argue, will shape broader debates about multiculturalism, civic virtue and national identity. The response will also determine how many immigrants become citizens and under what conditions, what these new citizens learn_and teach_about the meaning of American citizenship, and whether Americans regard newcomers as intruders or as fellow citizens with whom they share a common fate.
Peter Andreas, Harvard University
The volume's major contribution is to provide a theoretical background for the general themes of U.S. immigration law and policy.
The selections are high quality and the book holds together as a whole. The combination of longer essays and shorter responses would work well in any upper-division or graduate class which treats the topic of immigration at length, and many of the contributions counter the prevailing wisdom, which may spark energetic classroom conversation. For those wishing to enter into the current conversation, this volume is a better starting place than most.
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Noah M. J. Pickus is assistant professor of public policy and political science at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University.
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