April 4, 2006
Just Published: Zolberg's A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America
A Nation by Design
Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America
Aristide R. Zolberg, Walter Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at the New School for Social Research
Harvard University Press, April 2006
Book Description: In A Nation by Design, Aristide Zolberg explores American immigration policy from the colonial period to the present, discussing how it has been used as a tool of nation building.
A Nation by Design argues that the engineering of immigration policy has been prevalent since early American history. However, it has gone largely unnoticed since it took place primarily on the local and state levels, owing to constitutional limits on federal power during the slavery era. Zolberg profiles the vacillating currents of opinion on immigration throughout American history, examining separately the roles played by business interests, labor unions, ethnic lobbies, and nativist ideologues in shaping policy. He then examines how three different types of migration--legal migration, illegal migration to fill low-wage jobs, and asylum-seeking--are shaping contemporary arguments over immigration to the United States.
A Nation by Design is a thorough, authoritative account of American immigration history and the political and social factors that brought it about. With rich detail and impeccable scholarship, Zolberg's book shows how America has struggled to shape the immigration process to construct the kind of population it desires.
Strongly recommended for placing contemporary immigration reform debate in perspective
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