Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States

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Oxford University Press, Sep 14, 2006 - Law - 272 pages
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Although America is unquestionably a nation of immigrants, its immigration policies have inspired more questions than consensus on who should be admitted and what the path to citizenship should be. In Americans in Waiting, Hiroshi Motomura looks to a forgotten part of our past to show how, for over 150 years, immigration was assumed to be a transition to citizenship, with immigrants essentially being treated as future citizens--Americans in waiting. Challenging current conceptions, the author deftly uncovers how this view, once so central to law and policy, has all but vanished. Motomura explains how America could create a more unified society by recovering this lost history and by giving immigrants more, but at the same time asking more of them. A timely, panoramic chronicle of immigration and citizenship in the United States, Americans in Waiting offers new ideas and a fresh perspective on current debates.
 

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Contents

Immigrants in America
3
1 Contract and Classical Immigration Law
15
2 Promises Promises
38
3 All Persons Within the Territorial Jurisdiction
63
4 Alienage and the Ties That Bind
80
5 The Most Tender Connections
96
6 The Lost Story of Americans in Waiting
115
7 Transition at a Crossroads
136
8 The Meaning of Transition
151
9 Race Belonging and Transition
168
10 Taking Transition Seriously
189
The Idea of Americans in Waiting
201
Notes
205
Index
243
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Hiroshi Motomura is Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA and author of Americans in Waiting.

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