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National Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy since 1882 / Edition 1

National Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy since 1882 / Edition 1

by Deirdre M. Moloney
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807835487
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
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

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

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

Conclusion 231

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

Notes 267

Bibliography 295

Index 311

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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

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