Citizens, Strangers, and In-Betweens: Essays on Immigration and Citizenship

Synopsis

Immigration is one of the critical issues of our time. In Citizens, Strangers, & In-Betweens, an integrated series of thirteen essays, Peter Schuck analyzes the complex social forces that have been unleashed by unprecedented legal & illegal migration to the United States & that have reshaped American society in countless ways. Schuck first presents the demographic, political, economic, legal, & cultural contexts in which these transformations are occurring. He then shows how the courts, Congress, & the states are responding to the tensions created by recent immigration. Exploring the nature of U.S. citizenship, he challenges traditional ways of defining the national community, addressing the controversial topics of citizenship for illegal alien children, the devaluation & revaluation of citizenship, & dual citizenship. In his final section, Schuck focuses on four vital & explosive policy issues: immigration's effects on the civil rights movement, the cultural differences of various American ethnic groups as revealed in their experiences as immigrants throughout the world, the protection of refugees fleeing persecution, & immigration's effects on American society in recent years.