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Charting the history of U.S. immigration policy and public reaction to newcomers from the Puritan colonists to World War II refugees, Unwelcome Strangers uncovers the heated arguments of the anti-immigration forces: environmental groups that warn against the consequences of overpopulation, economic concerns that immigrants take jobs away from Americans, and assimilationist fears that newcomers-especially from Latin America, and Asia-threaten American culture.

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction 1. Toward Exclusion: American Immigration Policy Before World War II 2. The New Movement to Restrict Immigration 3. Overpopulation, Immigration, the Environment, and the New Restrictionism 4. A Broken Immigration System 5. Old Wine in New Bottles: The Economics Debate 6. Why Can't They Be Like Us? The Asimilationist Issue 7. A New Immigration Policy, 1994-1997? Conclusions Notes Some Special Reading Lists Index

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David M. Reimers is professor of history at New York University and the author of many books, including Still the Golden Door: The Third World Comes to America, and (with Frederick Binder) All the Nations Under Heaven: An Ethnic and Racial History of New York, both published by Columbia.


Reimers provides a useful survey of the current state of federal immigration law and enforcement policies as well as proposed changes in the existing regulations. Boston Book Review

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