Huddled Masses, Muddled Laws: Why Contemporary Immigration Policy Fails to Reflect Public Opinion (Hardback)Kenneth Lee (author)
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In 1997 the United States accepted more legal immigrants than all other countries combined. This large influx of newcomers, however, has alarmed many Americans. Immigration is a controversial issue because it intersects with the most contentious issues of our time: multiculturalism, bilingualism, unemployment, crime, etc. Opinion polls since 1965 show that a strong majority want to reduce immigration. Yet our government has refused to respond to the public's wish. In 1996, Congress scuttled a proposal to reduce immigration by a third. (Earlier, in 1990, Congress voted to increase immigration by a whopping 40 percent.) This is all the more surprising because the United States has had no qualms about severely restricting immigration in the past.
Kenneth Lee explains why recent immigration policy has failed to reflect the public opinion by approaching the question from a broad, historical outlook, and from a focused, contemporary perspective. He traces several momentous historical changes that have abetted the pro-immigration block and weakened the restrictionists' clout (mainly, the rise of conservative economics in the 1970s and the growing racial liberalism in America). He also examines immigration policy on a micro-level: detailing the intense lobbying that went on for the 1990 and 1996 immigration bills, and he also shows how unlikely players as, for example, Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed, helped defeat the restrictionist bill in 1996.
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 230 x 164 x 20 mm
"Objective, well-written with bibliography and index, this primer on immigration deserves the attention of all."-Society for German American Studies Newsletter
"Huddled Masses, Muddled Laws is highly recommended reading for students of American political science, immigration issues, multiculturalism, bilingualism and the "English Only" movements, economics, and social/legal issues related to immigrant assimilation and services."-The Midwest Book Review
?Objective, well-written with bibliography and index, this primer on immigration deserves the attention of all.?-Society for German American Studies Newsletter
?Huddled Masses, Muddled Laws is highly recommended reading for students of American political science, immigration issues, multiculturalism, bilingualism and the "English Only" movements, economics, and social/legal issues related to immigrant assimilation and services.?-The Midwest Book Review
?Mr. Lee skillfully portrays the political manipulation of illegal immigration as a buffer issue during the last quarter of a century. As such, he has made a worthy contribution to the thorough and judicious debate he rightly believes the subject of immigration deserves.?-International Immigration Review
"Kenneth Lee has written an incisive analysis of immigration law, including an excellent behind-the-scenes description of how the most recent policy battles were fought in Washington."-John J. Miller Vice President, Center for Equal Opportunity and author of The Unmaking of Americans
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