Mass Immigration and the National Interest / Edition 2

Mass Immigration and the National Interest / Edition 2

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by Vernon M. Jr. Briggs
     
 

U.S. immigration policy has stimulated the largest inflow of immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s of any time in the history of the United States. In this comprehensive analysis of mass immigration, the author shows how the policy was designed essentially by political considerations. Policy neglected immigration's economic impact at a time when the country was

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U.S. immigration policy has stimulated the largest inflow of immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s of any time in the history of the United States. In this comprehensive analysis of mass immigration, the author shows how the policy was designed essentially by political considerations. Policy neglected immigration's economic impact at a time when the country was entering a fundamental economic adjustment. The United States does not face a labor shortage per se, but a shortage of quality labor. Yet immigration has led to a majority of new workers seeking unskilled jobs in declining sectors in manufacturing and services and has given rebirth to sweatshop enterprises and child labor law violations. For the first time in U.S. history, the author argues, the results of immigration policy are inconsistent with U.S. national interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563248306
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Labor and Human Resources Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
1A Brief Perspective1
2Immigration Policy: A Determinant of Economic Phenomena15
3Creating a Nonagricultural Labor Force: The Original Role of Mass Immigration31
4Reprieve: The Cessation of Mass Immigration63
5The Redesign of Immigration Policy in the 1960s: Replacing Social Goals With Political Goals97
6Unexpected Consequences: The Revival of Mass Immigration119
7Oversight: The Economic and Social Transformation of the U.S. Labor Market185
8The National Interest: Synchronization of Immigration Policy with Economic Circumstances225
Appendix A: The Preference System Created Under the Immigration Act of 1965 (in effect until 1980)259
Appendix B: The Legal Immigration System and Its Preference Allocations That Were in Effect from 1980 to 1991260
Appendix C: The Thirty-Four Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible for the Transitional Program for Diversity Immigrants, 1992-1994261
Index263
About the Author276

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