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A Nation of Immigrants Again: The United States

Christian Joppke

in Immigration and the Nation-State

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295402
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295405.003.0002
 A Nation of Immigrants Again: The United States

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The USA's re‐opening to large‐scale immigration after World War II, particularly in regard to the legislative reforms of 1986 and 1990, contrasts with Europe's exclusionary policies after the first oil crisis. Two factors help explain this development. First, the impact of the civil rights movement in undermining, in the case of anti‐discrimination, effective controls on illegal immigration and quotas on legal immigration; second, the adoption of a low profile for immigration throughout the 1980s, which allowed well‐organized minority groups to challenge policy devised for protection of the broader public interest.

Keywords: anti‐discrimination; civil rights; immigration; USA

Chapter.  15727 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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