U.S. Immigration Policy, Ethnicity, and Religion in American History is rich with data and document excerpts that illuminate the complex relationships among ethnicity, religion, and immigration to the United States over a 200-year period. The book uniquely organizes the flow of immigration to the United States into seven chapters covering U.S. immigration policy making; the Open Door Era, 1820-1880; the Door Ajar Era, 1880-1920; the Pet Door Era, 1920-1950; the Dutch Door Era, 1950-1985; the Revolving Door Era, 1985-2001; and the Storm Door Era, 2001-2018. Each chapter analyzes trends in ethnicity or national origin and the religious affiliations of immigrant groups in relation to immigration policy during the time period covered. -- Dust jacket flap.
Ch. 1 An Overview of U.S. Immigration Policy Making -- Introduction: The Importance of Immigration and Religion in America -- The Waves of Immigration -- Established Religions, Newcomers, and Religious Freedom -- The Six Phases of Immigration Policy Making -- Conclusion -- Chronology -- References -- ch. 2 The Open Door Era, 1820 -- 1880 -- Introduction: Religious Motivation in Colonial Immigration -- Religious Influences on Early American Politics -- Religious/Ethnic Groups in the Old Immigrant Wave -- Nativist Political Reaction to Changing Immigration and Their Policy Demands -- ch. 3 The Door Ajar Phase, 1880 -- 1920 -- Introduction: The Change in Immigrant Waves -- The New Immigrant Wave: Changing Flow, Changing Laws -- Italian Immigrants -- Greek Immigrants -- Polish Immigrants -- Russian Immigrants -- Eastern European Jews -- The First Restrictionist Laws: Attempts to Close the Golden Door -- The Push to Further Close the Door, 1890 -- 1920 -- ch. 4 The Pet Door Era, 1920 -- 1950 -- Introduction: Establishing the Quota System -- The Quota Act of 1921 -- The Immigration Quota Act of 1924 -- The National Origins Quota Act of 1929 -- The Great Depression Decade, 1930 -- 1940 -- The World War II Years -- Hasidic Jewish Migration and Immigration -- ch. 5 The Dutch Door Era, 1950 -- 1985 -- Introduction: Postwar Immigration Policy -- The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 -- The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 -- Exponential Rise in Unauthorized Immigration, 1970 -- 1985 -- ch. 6 The Revolving Door Era, 1985 -- 2001 -- Introduction: Religious Trends and Policy -- Development of IRCA -- The Push to Formulate a Legislative Response -- Policy Adoption: Passing of IRCA, 1986 -- Split Congressional Voting Blocs -- Two Models of Policy Conflict -- Legislative Strategies and Intent -- Policy Implementation: Problems with IRCA -- Legislative Policy Making Post-IRCA -- ch. 7 The Storm Door Era, 2001 -- 2018 -- Introduction: Religious Trends and the Making of Fortress America -- The USA Patriot Act -- Dissolving the INS, Creating the DHS -- Groupthink and Other Problems in the Rush to Create DHS -- Further Actions to Build Fortress America -- Legislative Proposals Introduced and Pending Since 2013 -- President Trump and the Attack on Muslims and Sanctuary Cities -- References
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