History of United States Immigration Law

Discipline: History of the United States
Instructor: Harmon
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0925
End: 1040
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This course will study the history of voluntary and involuntary immigration in the United States, with an emphasis on the legal response regulating the influx of immigrants, including, among others, the Naturalization Act of 1790, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, legislation in the 1920s imposing national quotas, legislation in the 1950s increasing the power of the government to deport illegal immigrants with “Communist leanings, the more recent Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 giving preference to those immigrants with U.S. relatives, amnesty legislation, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990, the Real ID Act of 2005, and the recent movement of individual states such as Arizona to legislate against illegal immigration. The course will also survey the laws relating to the admission, naturalization, removal of immigrants to the United States, and the legal issues concerning refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and undocumented workers. The perspective will be global; the course will examine the historical, social and political factors that affected the arrival, settlement, grown and redistribution of African, Asian, European, Native American, and Latino populations in the United States, and will explore a variety of cultural, demographic, economic and legal issues that have arisen as a result of these waves of human migration.

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