For over a century, deportation and exclusion have defined eligibility for citizenship in the United States and, in turn, have shaped what it means to be American. In this broad analysis of policy from 1882 to present, Dierdre Moloney places current debates about immigration issues in historical context. Focusing on several ethnic groups, Moloney closely examines how gender and race led to differences in the implementation of U.S. immigration policy as well as how poverty, sexuality, health, and ideologies were regulated at the borders.
Emphasizing the perspectives of immigrants and their advocates, Moloney weaves in details from case files that illustrate the impact policy decisions had on individual lives. She explores the role of immigration policy in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and other nations, and shows how federal, state, and local agencies had often conflicting priorities and approaches to immigration control. Throughout, Moloney traces the ways that these policy debates contributed to a modern understanding of citizenship and human rights in the twentieth century and even today.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Deirdre M. Moloney is director of fellowships advising at Princeton University and author of American Catholic Lay Groups and Transatlantic Social Reform in the Progressive Era.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Women, Sexuality, and Economic Dependency in Early U.S. Deportation Policy 28
Chapter 2 Differential Regulation: Interrogating Sexuality in Europe, in Urban America, and along the Mexican Border 51
Chapter 3 Gender, Dependency, and the Likely to Become a Public Charge Provision 79
Chapter 4 Loathsome or Contagious: Immigrant Bodies, Disease, and Eugenics and the Borders 105
Chapter 5 Clash of Civilizations: Whiteness, Orientalism, and the Limits of Religious Tolerance at the Borders 134
Chapter 6 Deportation Based on Politics, Labor, and Ideology 163
Chapter 7 Immigrants' Rights as Human Rights 198
Appendix A Excerpts of Major U.S. Legislation Pertaining to Immigration Deportation Policy 239
Appendix B Aliens Removed or Returned, Fiscal Years 1892 to 2008 264
What People are Saying About This
A timely, desperately needed, and compelling book. Moloney's archival research and the broad range of issues she addresses are necessary lenses through which to view this history. Throughout, Moloney reminds readers of the ongoing relevance of her subject.Erika Lee, University of Minnesota