Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Debates on U.S. Immigration

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Debates on U.S. Immigration

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Debates on U.S. Immigration. Ed. by Judith Gans, Elaine M. Replogle, and Daniel J. Tichenor. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2013. 624p. $125 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9601-3).

Despite the often repeated proclamation that we are a nation of immigrants, immigration has been, and continues to be, a politically charged issue in the United States. As such, it inspires intense debate. The stated goal of Debates on U.S. Immigration is "to keep students, researchers, and other interested readers informed and up-to-date on the most contentious aspects of U.S. immigration policy" (xvii). While this is a respectable ambition, it is not within the capability of a printed, or electronic, publication that is written at a specific point in time and not updated regularly. Had the preface stated, however, that the aim of this work is to outline and illuminate these contentious debates, with all its complexities, in an even-handed way and clarify misperceptions often cited in public discourse on the issue, it would have been completely accurate because that is exactly what this volume does.

Divided into three sections, Debates on U.S. Immigration comprehensively covers the political, economic, labor, demographic, social, and cultural aspects of US immigration through President Barak Obama's first term. Each chapter opens with a lead-in piece, followed by signed point and counterpoint articles written by experts and scholars in the field, and closing with a list of references and suggestions for further reading. …

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