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by Hiroshi Motomura

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This is on the State Department's list of recommended reading for those looking for a career in the Foreign Service, and I can see why. This book opened my eyes to the many issues surrounding immigration -- a subject that people tend to take a knee-jerk party line stance on instead of considering the complex issues associated with it.

Worth a read for anybody interested in politics or American racial relations in general. Absorbing and persuasive without being strident or argumentative. A simple, clear plea for sound immigration policy. ( )
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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, for over 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. Motomura explains 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 fresh perspective on current debates.

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