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Deportation Nation : Outsiders in American History, Paperback / softback Book

Deportation Nation : Outsiders in American History Paperback / softback


The danger of deportation hangs over the head of virtually every noncitizen in the United States.

In the complexities and inconsistencies of immigration law, one can find a reason to deport almost any noncitizen at almost any time.

In recent years, the system has been used with unprecedented vigor against millions of deportees. We are a nation of immigrants--but which ones do we want, and what do we do with those that we don't?

These questions have troubled American law and politics since colonial times. Deportation Nation is a chilling history of communal self-idealization and self-protection.

The post-Revolutionary Alien and Sedition Laws, the Fugitive Slave laws, the Indian "removals," the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Palmer Raids, the internment of the Japanese Americans--all sought to remove those whose origins suggested they could never become "true" Americans. And for more than a century, millions of Mexicans have conveniently served as cheap labor, crossing a border that was not official until the early twentieth century and being sent back across it when they became a burden. By illuminating the shadowy corners of American history, Daniel Kanstroom shows that deportation has long been a legal tool to control immigrants' lives and is used with increasing crudeness in a globalized but xenophobic world.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780674046221



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