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Debates on U.S. Immigration

Debates on U.S. Immigration

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October 2012 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This issues-based reference work (available in both print and electronic formats) shines a spotlight on immigration policy in the United States. The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. Yet while the lofty words enshrined with the Statue of Liberty stand as a source of national pride, the rhetoric and politics surrounding immigration policy all-too-often have proven far less lofty. In reality, the apparently open invitation of Lady Liberty seldom has been without restriction. Throughout our history, impassioned debates about the appropriate scope and nature of such restriction have emerged and mushroomed, among politicians, among scholars of public policy, among the general public. In light of the need to keep students, researchers, and other interested readers informed and up-to-date on status of U.S. immigration policy, this volume uses introductory essays followed by point/counterpoint articles to explore prominent and perennially important debates, providing readers with views on multiple sides of this complex issue. While there are some brief works looking at debates on immigration, as well as some general A-to-Z encyclopedias, we offer more in-depth coverage of a much wider range of themes and issues, thus providing the only fully comprehensive point/counterpoint handbook tackling the issues that political science, history, and sociology majors are asked to explore and to write about as students and that they will grapple with later as policy makers and citizens.

Features & Benefits:

  • The volume is divided into three sections, each with its own Section Editor: Labor & Economic Debates (Judith Gans), Social & Cultural Debates (Judith Gans), and Political & Legal Debates (Daniel Tichenor).
  • Sections open with a Preface by the Section Editor to introduce the broad theme at hand and provide historical underpinnings.
  • Each section holds 12 chapters addressing varied aspects of the broad theme of the section.
  • Chapters open with an objective, lead-in piece (or "headnote") followed by a point article and a counterpoint article.
  • All pieces (headnote, point article, counterpoint article) are signed.
  • For each chapter, students are referred to further readings, data sources, and other resources as a jumping-off spot for further research and more in-depth exploration.
  • Finally, volume concludes with a comprehensive index, and the electronic version includes search-and-browse features, as well as the ability to link to further readings cited within chapters should they be available to the library in electronic format.

Political Debates Introduction
Admission and Membership
Legal Immigration Selection System
Gender and Refugee Status
Naturalization Process
Legalization (Amnesty) for Unauthorized Immigrants
Birthright Citizenship
Immigrant Voting
Control and Enforcement
Federal Policy Versus Decentralized Policy
U.S. Border Control
Immigrant Detention and Deportation Under the Obama Administration
Arizona S.B. 1070
Drivers' Licenses
Economic, Labor, and Demographic Debates Introduction
Economic Impact
Cost to Taxpayers
Depression of Wages and Price Levels
Labor Market
H-1B Visas
Temporary Worker Programs
Secure ID Cards
Worksite Enforcement
Worksite Raids
Demographics and Environment
Population Growth
Environment and Immigration
Social and Cultural Debates Introduction
Family and Society
Family-Based Immigration
Cultural Assimilation
Social and Political Integration
Catholic Church and Immigration
Language and Education
English as Official Language
English Instruction in the Classroom
Higher Education and Immigration Status
Responses to Illegal Immigation
Racial Profiling
State and Local Law Enforcement
Use of the Term "Illegal Alien"
Appendix: Documents Highlighting Key Moments in U.S. Immigration History, 1924 to 2011
Ruqaiijah A. Yearby
Health Disparities and Discrimination, point
Ruqaiijah A. Yearby
Health Disparities and Discrimination, counterpoint
David Haines
Legal Immigration Selection System, point
Priscilla Yamin
Gender, Sexuality, and Refugee Status, point
Karey Leung
The American Naturalization Process, counterpoint
Andrew Linenberg, Linda Bosniak
Amnesty: Undocumented Immigrants and Earned Legalization, point
Alexandra Filindra
Birthright Citizenship for the Children of Undocumented Immigrants, point
Rodolfo Delagarza
Immigrant/Non-Citizen Voting, counterpoint
Donald Kerwin
Catholic Church and Support of Immigrants, point
Marshall Fitz
Cost to Taxpayers, point
Heidi Beirich
HIV Travel/Immigration Ban, counterpoint
Matthew Tabor
Illegal Immigrant Access to Higher Education, counterpoint
Kristin Johnson
Remittances, point
Sarah Bohn, Magnus Lofstrom
Depression of Wages and Price Levels, point
Trista Chaney
Crime, point
Ann Robertson
Cost to Taxpayers, counterpoint
Priscilla Yamin
Gender, Sexuality, and Refugee Status, counterpoint
Lissette Piedra
Population Growth, counterpoint
Kathryn Miller
Detention and Deportation, counterpoint
Kathryn Miller
Detention and Deportation, point
Primary Care vs. Specialization, point
Taxing Cadillac Plans, point
Individual Mandate, point
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Cynthia Bansak
U.S. Border Control, point
Julie Myers Wood
Driver's Licenses, counterpoint
Monique Miles
Hiring Immigrant Labor, counterpoint
Karen Douglas
English Language Instruction in Schools, counterpoint
Lillie Coney
Secure ID Cards, counterpoint
Francisco Alatorre
Political and Social Integration, counterpoint

This well-balanced, thorough, well-organized book will be an excellent addition to any library collection.


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