Mothers Without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform

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Overview

In August 1996 President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act that fulfilled his campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," and one month later the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act passed, deepening restrictions on immigrant and welfare provisions. These acts harshly and disproportionately affected Asian immigrants who continue to experience the legacy of this legislation today. Lynn Fujiwara reveals a neglected aspect of the Asian immigrant story: the ill effects of welfare reform on Asian immigrant women and families. Mothers without Citizenship intertwines the issues of social and legal citizenship, arguing that these draconian measures redefined immigrants as outsiders whose lack of citizenship was used to deem them ineligible for public benefits. At once astute policy analysis and insightful research, Mothers without Citizenship is a significant contribution to this country's immigration controversy, offering much-needed nuance to the discussion of the consequences of social policy on Asian immigrant communities and complicating debates solely focused around the politics of the border.

About the Author:
Lynn Fujiwara is assistant professor in the Program of Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816650767
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Sanctioning Immigrants: "Ending Welfare as We Know It"     xiii
New Nativism and Welfare Reform: Asian Immigrants as Racialized Foreigners     1
Welfare Reform and the Politics of Citizenship     22
Refugees Betrayed     51
The Rush for Citizenship: Naturalization as a Technocratic Apparatus of Exclusion     93
On Not Making Ends Meet: Mothers without Citizenship     128
The Devaluation of Immigrant Families     154
Conclusion: The Continuing Significance of Racialized Citizenship     179
Notes     199
Index     227

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