The editors of any such volume examining a topic as rich and complex as this one owe a debt to many scholars who have over the years compiled a body of literature on that topic. First and foremost we acknowledge our enormous debt of gratitude to Marion Smith, historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), who provided us with an invaluable copy of the INS manual of immigration and naturalization law covering INS policies through 1970. We gratefully acknowledge our debt to those scholars who wrote the numerous sources cited in the bibliography of this volume. We also gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the Foundation of the California State University in San Bernardino, which awarded a mini-grant that enabled the editors to spend two summers collecting the key documents contained herein. We note also our gratitude to our respective department secretaries, Mrs. Debbi Fox in Political Science and Ms. Stacy Poffek in History, who assisted us in numerous duplicating jobs and in preparing the manuscript for production.
We thank Ms. Abbake Amaira a student assistant, for the help she provided in duplicating many of the documents included in this volume. A special note of thanks goes to Kevin V. Dunphy, who provided us with the text of In Re Rodriguez.
We thank Mrs. Barbara Rader, Executive Editor of the School and Public Library Reference Division of Greenwood Publishing, who first asked us to consider editing this volume, and Ms. Emily Birch, who served as this volume's acquisitions editor. We also are grateful to the immigration scholars and public librarians who agreed to critique the manuscript and offer their suggestions to improve it.