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    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
    ISBN: 9781108830287 , 9781108820592
    Language: English
    Pages: viii, 423 Seiten , Illustrationen, Diagramme
    Edition: Second edition
    Parallel Title: Erscheint auch als Martin, Susan, 1947 - A nation of immigrants
    DDC: 305.9/069120973
    Keywords: United States Emigration and immigration ; Government policy ; Aufsatzsammlung ; USA ; Einwanderer ; Geschichte
    Abstract: "The United States is in the midst of its fourth major period of immigration. Today's is the largest in absolute numbers, although not as a proportion of the total population. Unlike in previous times, today's immigrants come from every inhabited continent and represent just about every country in the United Nations. As in previous periods of large-scale immigration, there is a profound ambivalence about the phenomenon among the American public. Historically, Americans have seen their own immigrant forebears through rose-colored glasses while raising serious concerns about the contributions of current immigrants and the extent to which they will assimilate our values, language, and experiences. This ambivalence has made immigration policy one of the most difficult on the U.S. political agenda. In the recent past, the Senate and House of Representatives have debated immigration reform but have failed to come to consensus about the policies needed to address today's challenges. The difficulties they are experiencing are by no means new. Immigration reform has always been a difficult issue, requiring years of debate before any comprehensive changes are adopted. Although the problem is often described as a contest between pro- and anti-immigration forces, the reality is much more complex. Even among those who favor large-scale immigration, there are profound differences in views on the purposes of immigration and the contributions that immigrants bring to the country. Understanding the historical roots of American immigration, and American attitudes toward immigrants, helps to place today's policy debates into perspective and provides important insights into the reforms needed to address current problems and opportunities"--
    Note: Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 385-415
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