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


The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the America and Europe in Comparative A nationally recognized expert on immigration and citizenship law, he co-authored the widely used law school casebook, Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy now in its fifth edition. He has appeared on National Public Radio and CNN to discuss immigration issues and written many influential articles and essays on the topic. Immigration, Integration, and Security: Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Americans in Waiting by Hiroshi Motomura. In Americans in Waiting, Motomura discovers in our national past a simple yet powerful approach to immigration and citizenship. Rewriting the conventional story, Motomura uncovers how for over years, many immigrants were immediately put on track to U. They were entitled to overseas diplomatic protection and eligible to homestead land on the western front In Americans in Waiting, Motomura discovers in our national past a simple yet powerful approach to immigration and citizenship. They were entitled to overseas diplomatic protection and eligible to homestead land on the western frontier.

Citizens-to-be were even allowed to vote.

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Choose your country or region Close. A nationally recognized expert on immigration and citizenship law, he co-authored the widely used law school casebook, Immigration and Citizenship: He has appeared on National Public Radio and CNN to discuss immigration issues and written many influential articles and essays on the topic. Once central to law and policy, this view has all but vanished. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Brad rated it really liked it Jan 05, Immigration Outside the Law Hiroshi Motomura.

In sum, immigration was assumed to be a transition to citizenship, and immigrants were future citizens--Americans in waiting. Once central to law and policy, this view has all but vanished. Beginning in the early twentieth century, the United States began to treat its immigrants in one of two ways: Immigration is now seen too often as a problem to be solved, rather than a pillar of our nation's strength.

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A panoramic history of the past years of immigration and citizenship in the United States, Americans in Waiting offers a clear lesson: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Americans in Waiting , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 22, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: This Book was not exactly what I expected. The author created many redundant and overly wordy chapters that made it somewhat difficult to read.

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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. Oxford University Press; 1 edition September 17, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This informative history of "Americans in Waiting" uncovers the lost story of harsh, often racist, laws that placed legal burdens on people living inside the United States.

It's both a fascinating, lucid history and passionate plea for immigrants and refugees to be warmly welcomed into full citizenship. The author, Hiroshi Motomura, articulates a vision of immigration system that embraces "Americans in Waiting". Although written a decade ago, I found several chapters quite timely.

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

It's also clear that America's immigration story has always been far more complicated than many immigration supporters and contemporary critics seem to believe. Detailed, exceptional, and provocative, Americans in Waiting challenges many myths and misconceptions about American Immigration laws.

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Legal Immigrants on a Path to Naturalization. Americans in Waiting blends a thorough analysis of the turbulent history of U. Motomuro, a leading immigration law scholar, evades overly obfuscating legal jargon in lieu of style that can be enjoyed by any reader from all degrees of background knowledge.

Motomuro breaks legal immigration down into three views: Americans in Waiting are legal immigrants who are on a path to citizenship, but who have not or cannot naturalize yet i. While Motomuro argues that rights should be extended to this status of persons, such as voting, access to public benefits, and family reunification rights, he still believes there is reason for Americans in Waiting to remain a separate category from full-citizens.

One categorical difference he believes should remain in tact is deportability for criminal acts. By recapturing key court cases, Motomuro traces the development of alienage law as we know it today and he also provides good reason for why his articulation is desirable for America and its future as a people.

I have been studying U. Motomuro sheds much clarity and insight onto a highly complex and vital social and political issue. One person found this helpful. The textbook was interesting and was what I need for class. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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