After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to by Libby Garland

By Libby Garland

In 1921 and 1924, the U.S. handed legislation to sharply lessen the inflow of immigrants into the rustic. through allocating in basic terms small quotas to the countries of southern and japanese Europe, and banning just about all immigration from Asia, the hot legislation have been purported to stem the tide of foreigners thought of particularly inferior and hazardous. besides the fact that, immigrants persevered to come back, crusing into the port of latest York with pretend passports, or from Cuba to Florida, hidden within the holds of boats loaded with contraband liquor. Jews, one of many major pursuits of the quota legislation, figured prominently within the new foreign underworld of unlawful immigration. even if, they finally controlled to flee everlasting organization with the identification of the “illegal alien” in a fashion that different teams, similar to Mexicans, to date, have not.

In After They Closed the Gates, Libby Garland tells the untold tales of the Jewish migrants and smugglers taken with that underworld, displaying how such tales contributed to starting to be nationwide anxieties approximately unlawful immigration. Garland additionally is helping us know how Jews have been associated with, after which unlinked from, the threat of unlawful immigration. by means of tracing this advanced background, Garland bargains compelling insights into the contingent nature of citizenship, belonging, and Americanness.

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