Immigration in America's Future: Social Science Findings and the Policy Debate

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the third the preservation or modification of existing American culture, the fourth ethnic and class conflict, and the fifth the power of the United States in world affairs.

The final chapter considers proposals for change in U.S. immigration law. The first section provides data on the attitude of the American population toward immigration as revealed in recent public opinion polls. The second section presents a nutshell summary of my own proposals for change in immigration law. In the final sections I discuss in more detail my own and alternative proposals concerning the proper volume of immigration and the status of legal entrant; ways of dealing with undocumented immigrants, refugees, and asylees; and the criteria by which nonrefugee immigrants and legal entrants should be admitted.


Notes
1.
U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1992 ( Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1993), pp. 30-32.
2.
U.S. Bureau of the Census, "One in Four of Nation's Foreign Born Arrived Since 1985", Census and You, Vol. 28, No. 2 ( February 1993), p. 1.
3.
John Higham, Send These to Me: Immigrants in Urban America, rev. ed. ( Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), p. 15.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - Overview 1
  • Notes 5
  • 2 - The Volume and Character of Future Immigration: The Values at Stake 7
  • 3 - The Influence of Social Science Findings 17
  • Notes 25
  • 4 - The History of U.S. Immigration Law 27
  • Notes 71
  • 5 - Patterns of Immigration to and from the United States 77
  • Notes 133
  • 6 - Determinants of Immigration 137
  • Notes 159
  • 7 - Enforcement of Immigration Law 161
  • Notes 179
  • 8 - The Impact of Immigration 183
  • Notes 206
  • 9 - Proposals for Change in U.S. Immigration Law 209
  • Notes 222
  • Bibliography 225
  • About the Book and Author 237
  • Index 238
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