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

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Univ of North Carolina Press, May 7, 2012 - History - 328 pages
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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, Deirdre 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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Women Sexuality and Economic Dependency in Early US Deportation Policy
28
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
Immigrant Bodies Disease and Eugenics and the Borders
105
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
Excerpts of Major US Legislation Pertaining to Immigration Deportation Policy
239
Aliens Removed or Returned Fiscal Years 1892 to 2008
264
Notes
267
Bibliography
295
Index
311
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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.

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