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Dividing Lines : The Politics of Immigration Control in America - Daniel J. Tichenor

Dividing Lines

The Politics of Immigration Control in America

Paperback Published: 26th May 2002
ISBN: 9780691088051
Number Of Pages: 400

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Immigration is perhaps the most enduring and elemental leitmotif of America. This book is the most powerful study to date of the politics and policies it has inspired, from the founders' earliest efforts to shape American identity to today's revealing struggles over Third World immigration, noncitizen rights, and illegal aliens. Weaving a robust new theoretical approach into a sweeping history, Daniel Tichenor ties together previous studies' idiosyncratic explanations for particular, pivotal twists and turns of immigration policy. He tells the story of lively political battles between immigration defenders and doubters over time and of the transformative policy regimes they built.

Tichenor takes us from vibrant nineteenth-century politics that propelled expansive European admissions and Chinese exclusion to the draconian restrictions that had taken hold by the 1920s, including racist quotas that later hampered the rescue of Jews from the Holocaust. American global leadership and interest group politics in the decades after World War II, he argues, led to a surprising expansion of immigration opportunities. In the 1990s, a surge of restrictionist fervor spurred the political mobilization of recent immigrants. Richly documented, this pathbreaking work shows that a small number of interlocking temporal processes, not least changing institutional opportunities and constraints, underlie the turning tides of immigration sentiments and policy regimes. Complementing a dynamic narrative with a host of helpful tables and timelines, Dividing Lines is the definitive treatment of a phenomenon that has profoundly shaped the character of American nationhood.

Winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer Award

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Politics of Immigration Control: Understanding the Rise and Fall of Policy Regimesp. 16
Immigrant Voters in a Partisan Polity: European Settlers, Nativism, and American Immigration Policy, 1776-1896p. 46
Chinese Exclusion and Precocious State-Building in the Nineteenth-Century American Polityp. 87
Progressivism, War, and Scientific Policymaking: The Rise of the National Origins Quota System, 1900-1928p. 114
Two-Tiered Implementation: Jewish Refugees, Mexican Guestworkers, and Administrative Politicsp. 150
Strangers in Cold War America: The Modern Presidency, Committee Barons, and Postwar Immigration Politicsp. 176
The Rebirth of American Immigration: The Rights Revolution, New Restrictionism, and Policy Deadlockp. 219
Two Faces of Expansion: The Contemporary Politics of Immigration Reformp. 242
Conclusionp. 289
Appendix: The Sample of Intervieweesp. 297
Notesp. 299
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780691088051
ISBN-10: 0691088055
Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 26th May 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.57