Guarding the golden door

This was well after immigration had begun to grow again, but the drop in incidence continued due to the high mortality among foreign-born because so many were old and so few immigrants had arrived in the previous four decades.

GUARDING THE GOLDEN DOOR: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882

Ironically, the Immigration and Naturalization Service consistently worked against its designated clientele.

Like much of what Congress has done about immigration since then, it was conceived in ignorance, was falsely presented to the public, and had consequences undreamt of by its creators. Between andabout one in seven Americans was foreign-born. It marked the moment when the golden doorway of admission to the United States began to narrow and initiated a thirty-nine-year period of successive exclusions of certain kinds of immigrants,followed by twenty-two years,when statutes and administrative actions set narrowing numerical limits for those immigrants who had not otherwise been excluded.

Irreverent, deeply informed, and authoritative, Guarding the Golden Door presents an unforgettable interpretation of modern American history. Intricate descriptions of immigration law and statistical evidence make this a solid but rather scholarly work that is highly recommended for academic libraries.

Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882

As Americans continue to debate immigration in a world divided by international terrorism, few books offer a fuller context for the key issues.

All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review Daniels Prisoners Without Trial provides an expert reexamination of American immigration policy and immigrant history.

Washington, addressing an association of Irish immigrants just after the battle of Yorktown, said: This information helps us design a better experience for all users. I see the way we use and need immigrants and the laws that protect the corporation illegally hiring them.

Similarly, Daniels shows how a immigration law that its architects supposed would favor Europeans actually opened doors for Asians and Latinos.

The most comprehensive historical work on American immigration policy posits a different periodization, distinguishing between "the development of a regulatory system" in and a period that went "from regulation to restriction" in Guarding the Golden Door is both an introductory survey of immigration policy and a masterful assessment of the state of the field by one of its founders.

From a vantage point at the beginning of the twenty-first century, however, it now appears that the period of intense restriction, which eventually resulted in very small numbers of immigrants, was a temporary rather than a permanent alteration in a general pattern.

He has also worked with the National Park Service on historic sites and as a historical consultant for many television programs. The approximately 50, slaves smuggled into the United States after became the first illegal immigrants.

And in a conclusion drawn from today's headlines, Daniels makes clear how far ignorance, partisan politics, and unintended consequences have overtaken immigration policy during the current administration's War on Terror.

Most still maintain the old invidious distinction between the earlier "colonists" and the later "immigrants. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review Immigration-perhaps no other subject so contentiously touches on both our collective idealism and our capacity for irrational fear.

Essentially, it tells the story of our inverted bell shape curve on immigration -- heavy immigration numbers in the late s and early s as mostly male eastern and southern Europeans streamed into America to work in its factories, followed by severe immigration restrictions from the s to the s, and bookended by another huge surge in immigration with a very diffe This well-organized history of immigration in America was an eye-opener for me as I strive to learn more about this issue.

That May statute, which has long been treated as a minor if somewhat disreputable incident, can now be seen as a nodal point in the history of American immigration policy.

Congress rarely grasp the real ramifications of its immigration policy as it underfunds its nominally ambitious measures. What the reader also comes to understand is that which groups of people are allowed in is not entirely a just and humane issue, but often the result of governmental preferences, societal prejudices and economic demands of the time.

Daniels is obviously pro-immigration, even though he never explicitly says so. It is clear in his focus on the injustice and racism of past immigration laws and regulations and his quick dismissal of most arguments about immigrants taking away jobs from native-born Americans or burdening the welfare system.

Jun 02, Kate rated it liked it The federal government's efforts to pick and choose among the multitude of immigrants seeking to enter the United States began with the Chinese Exclusion Act of Erika Lee Roger Daniels.

Their gravamen is simply this: His first book, The Politics of Prejudice: As Daniels shows, the subject yields hyperbolic rhetoric and misleading statistics, which rarely lead to coherent or effective legislation. The data show that between anda period when almost every aspect of American life was transformed, the incidence of immigrants in the American population was remarkably stable: Although Daniels does not offer a clear argument in every chapter, his perspective on American immigration policy is evident: Thomas Jefferson''s list of complaints against King George III in the Declaration of Independence included the charge that the king had "endeavored to prevent the population of these States The commonly held perception that America is receiving an unprecedented proportion of immigrants is false.

As Daniels shows, the subject yields hyperbolic rhetoric and misleading statistics, which rarely lead to coherent or effective legislation. Guarding the Golden Door is organized into two large sections. Irreverent, deeply informed, and authoritative, Guarding the Golden Door presents an unforgettable interpretation of modern American history.

Roger Daniels. Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since New York: Hill and Wang, pp. Notes and index. $ In Guarding the Golden Door, historian Roger Daniels begins with an emphatic call for historians to pay attention to immigration and.

GUARDING THE GOLDEN DOOR: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882

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