Unguarded Gates: A History of America's Immigration Crisis

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Overview

Throughout America's history immigration policy has always been a controversial and complex topic, going to the heart of what it means to be American. Now, with terrorism as a new concern, Americans have begun to look closer at the effects of rising immigration and porous borders.

In this cogently-argued work, immigration scholar Otis L. Graham, Jr. examines the history of immigration pressures and American policy debates and choices. He begins with the first "Great Wave" of the 1880s and traces the effects of the system of national origins, enforced from the 1920s through 1965. The reforms of the 1960s ushered in an era of large-scale legal and illegal immigration, resulting in a vast social experiment in demographic transformation. In assessing the past, present, and future of immigration, Graham shows that the failure to control the influx of foreigners is leading America toward further security risks, unsustainable population growth, imported worker competition with American labor, and, ultimately, social fragmentation.

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Editorial Reviews

National Review
Graham performs a valuable service in refuting modern-day charges that racist motivations and eugenicist theories underlay the Progressives' move to restrict immigration. Unguarded Gates is especially enlightening in its analysis of the vast cultural rift between the elites, who benefit economically from cheap immigrant labor, and average Americans, who bear the costs and consequences of the present mass immigration.
Sunday Washington Times
This is a clear and rational little book—no small accomplishment when the subject is immigration.Unguarded Gates: A History of America's Immigration Crisis is less a policy tome or a polemic than a fine exercise in simply telling it like it was.
The Bookwatch
Unguarded Gates provides an intriguing historical survey of America's immigration crisis. . . . This should be a part of any college-level collection on immigrant social issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742522282
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Otis L. Graham, Jr. is professor of history, emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author or editor of over 15 books, including Debating American Immigration, 1882–Present (with Roger Daniels) and Environmental Politics and Policy, 1960s to 1990s. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Immigration Issues from the Founders to the Creation of a System of Limitation Chapter 1: Nation of the Native Born Unready for the Great Wave Chapter 2: Immigration Reform: The Beginnings of National Policy Chapter 3: Great Wave and the Search for National Policy Chapter 4: Labeling of Reformers Chapter 5: In Search of National Immigration Policy Chapter 6: Reform Comes: New System for Choosing and Limiting America's Immigrants Part II: Benefits and Erosion of the National Origins System Chapter 7: Immigration Restriction: Results and Reflections Chapter 8: Reform of the Reform? Gate-Widening Counterattack Quietly Begins Chapter 9: Forties and Fifties: Regulated Immigration: Popular, and under Global Pressure Part III: Second Great Wave and the Return of Mass Immigration Chapter 10: Immigration Reform Again: Road to the 1965 Immigration Act Chapter 11: Mass Immigration Builds Momentum: Refugees Unlimited Chapter 12: Illegal Immigration: "Peaceful Invasion" and Policy Ineptitude Chapter 13: Case for Restriction: Economics Chapter 14: Case for Restriction: Concerns over National Cohesion Chapter 15: Case for Restriction: Immigration's Population-Environment Connection Part IV: Strange Politics of Porous Borders: Present and Future Chapter 16: Politics of Immigration—The 1990s Chapter 17: September 11—A Turning Point?
Chapter 18: Our Mass Immigration Era: How Can This Be?
Chapter 19: Dogmas of the Past

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