Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States by Hiroshi Motomura

Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States

byHiroshi Motomura

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Although America is unquestionably a nation of immigrants, its immigration policies have inspired more questions than consensus on who should be admitted and what the path to citizenship should be. In Americans in Waiting, Hiroshi Motomura looks to a forgotten part of our past to show how, forover 150 years, immigration was assumed to be a transition to citizenship, with immigrants essentially being treated as future citizens-Americans in waiting. Challenging current conceptions, the author deftly uncovers how this view, once so central to law and policy, has all but vanished. Motomuraexplains how America could create a more unified society by recovering this lost history and by giving immigrants more, but at the same time asking more of them. A timely, panoramic chronicle of immigration and citizenship in the United States, Americans in Waiting offers new ideas and a freshperspective on current debates.

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Hiroshi Motomura is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. A nationally recognized expert on immigration and citizenship law, he co-authored the widely used law school casebook, Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy.
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Title:Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United StatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:September 17, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Immigrants in America1. Contract and Classical Immigration Law2. Promises, Promises3. All Persons Within the Territorial Jurisdiction4. Alienage and the Ties That Bind5. The Most Tender Connections6. The Lost Story of Americans in Waiting7. Transition at a Crossroads8. The Meaning of Transition9. Race, Belonging, and Transition10. Taking Transition SeriouslyConclusion: The Idea of Americans in WaitingNotesIndex

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"Motomura displays a great deal of legal erudition and writes with flair. Nevertheless, his analysis is accessible to those not specialized in immigration law or law in general. This important and original book is of broad interdisciplinary interest."--The International History Review