"Huddled Masses" Myth : Immigration and Civil Rights

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Despite rhetoric that suggests that the United States opens its doors to virtually anyone who wants to come here, immigration has been restricted since the nation began. In this book, Kevin R. Johnson argues that immigration policy reflects the social hierarchy that prevails in American society as a whole and that immigration reform is intertwined with the struggle for civil rights. The \u0022Huddled Masses\u0022 Myth focuses on the exclusion of people of color, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, the poor, political dissidents, and other disfavored groups, showing how bias shapes the law. In the nineteenth century, for example, virulent anti-Asian bias excluded would-be immigrants from China and severely restricted those from Japan. In our own time, people fleeing persecution and poverty in Haiti generally have been treated much differently from those fleeing Cuba. Johnson further argues that although domestic minorities (whether citizens or lawful immigrants) enjoy legal protections and might even be courted by politicians, they are regarded as subordinate groups and suffer discrimination. This book has particular resonance today as the public debates the uncertain status of immigrants from Arab countries and of the Muslim faith. ...

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    Author: By (author)  Kevin Johnson
    Format: Hardback
    Language: English
    More Product Information 1: Table of contents
    Acknowledgments1. Immigration and Civil Rights in the United States2. Exclusion and Deportation of Racial Minorities3. Exclusion and Deportation of Political Undesirables4. Exclusion and Deportation of the Poor5. Exclusion and Deportation of Criminals6. The Marginalization of Women Under the Immigration and Nationality Laws7. Exclusion and Deportation of Lesbians and Gay Men8. The Future of Immigration and Civil Rights in the United StatesNotesIndex ...

    More Product Information 2: Review quote
    "In this compelling book, Kevin R. Johnson reveals the myth of the 'huddled masses,' turning a critical eye on the contradictions of U.S. immigration policies and practices. Whereas the U.S. proudly views itself as a nation of immigrants, many people arriving to its shores have been shunned, most notably people of color and the poor. In a post-September 11th world, Johnson gives us good reasons to renew-rather than restrict-our nations commitment to immigrants."-Michael Welch, Rutgers University, author of Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding INS Jail Complex "The 'Huddled Masses' Myth is remarkably well conceived and written. Kevin Johnson takes up consistently interesting and fundamental questions about immigration law and then covers all th......

    More Product Information 3: About Kevin Johnson
    Kevin R. Johnson is Associate Dean as well as Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies at The University of California, Davis. His book, How Did You Get to Be Mexican?: A White/Brown Man's Search for Identity was published by Temple in 1999. ...