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The McCarran-Walter Act:A Contradictory Legacy on Race, Quotas, and Ideology

The McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 ended the blanket exclusion of immigrants based on race and created the foundation for current immigration law, but imposed a racialized immigration quota system and new ideological grounds for exclusion.

Published On: Tue, Jun 01, 2004 | Download File

The Lessons of 9/11: A Failure of Intelligence, Not Immigration Law

In the hours following the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States government took the extraordinary step of sealing U.S. borders to traffic and trade by grounding all aircraft flying into or out of the country and imposing a lock-down on the networks of transportation and commerce that are the lifeblood of our economy and society. Given the uncertainty over what might happen next, these emergency procedures were a necessary and appropriate short-term response to the attacks.

Published On: Mon, Dec 01, 2003 | Download File

Cuban Migration: Averting a Crisis

Increased repression by the Castro regime and limitations on the admission of Cubans into the United States create the risk that desperate refugees will look for more dangerous, unauthorized means of escaping persecution. The Bush administration must reform immigration policies towards Cubans to forestall such a crisis.

Published On: Mon, Jun 02, 2003 | Download File

Have We Learned the Lessons of History? World War II Japanese Internment &Today's Secret Detentions

n the aftermath of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, our leaders have begun exercising extraordinary powers to ensure our collective safety, sacrificing the personal liberties of some, particularly immigrants, in the process. Read more...

Published On: Tue, Oct 01, 2002 | Download File

The Passage From India: A Brief History of Indian Immigration to the U.S.

From humble beginnings, Indian immigrants have overcome great odds to become one of the most influential communities in American society today.

Published On: Sun, Jun 02, 2002 | Download File

Making a Difference in America: Immigrants Continue to Benefit our Nation

Immigration is inextricably part of the American national identity and always has been. Immigrants are an integral part of the structural fiber that has kept the great melting pot flowing with creative ingenuity. The immigrants of times long past laid the framework for this great nation with their blood, sweat and tears.

Published On: Mon, Apr 01, 2002 | Download File