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Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America – Updated Edition (Politics and Society in Modern America) [Mae M. Ngai] on Mae M. Ngai. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR MAE M. NGAI. Series: Politics and Society .

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This book traces the origins of the “illegal alien” in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U. Mae Ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the s–its statutory architecture, judicial genealogies, administrative enforcement, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, and long-term effects.


ngaii In well-drawn historical portraits, Ngai peoples her study with the Filipinos, Mexicans, Japanese, and Chinese who comprised, variously, illegal aliens, alien citizens, colonial subjects, and imported contract workers. She subjrcts that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, re-mapped the nation both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation’s contiguous land borders and their patrol.

This yielded the “illegal alien,” a new legal and political subject whose inclusion in the nation was a social reality but a legal impossibility–a subject without rights and excluded from citizenship.

Questions of fundamental legal status created new challenges for liberal democratic society and have directly informed the politics of multiculturalism and national belonging in our time. Ngai’s analysis is based on extensive archival research, including previously unstudied records of the U.

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Border Patrol and Immigration and Naturalization Service. Contributing to American history, legal history, and ethnic studies, Impossible Subjects is a major reconsideration of U.


Insightful historical perspective on the issues of migration, politics, and subjetcs citizenship status. A must read for anyone seeking to understand immigration laws, policies, and the reasons for hostility towards migrants. Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton University Press- History – pages. References to this book Between Two Empires: Fit to Be Citizens?: History at the University of Chicago.