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Impossible Subjects:
Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America
Mae M. Ngai
With a new foreword by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures and Illustrations xi
List of Tables xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Note on Language and Terminology xix
Foreword to the New Paperback Edition xxi
Introduction: Illegal Aliens: A Problem of Law and History 1
PART I: THE REGIME OF QUOTAS AND PAPERS 15
1 The Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 and the Reconstruction of Race in Immigration Law 21
2 Deportation Policy and the Making and Unmaking of Illegal Aliens 56
PART II: MIGRANTS AT THE MARGINS OF LAW AND NATION 91
3 From Colonial Subject to Undesirable Alien: Filipino Migration in the Invisible Empire 96
4 Braceros, "Wetbacks," and the National Boundaries of Class 127
PART III: WAR, NATIONALISM, AND ALIEN CITIZENSHIP 167
5 The World War II Internment of Japanese Americans and the Citizenship Renunciation Cases 175
6 The Cold War Chinese Immigration Crisis and the Confession Cases 202
PART IV: PLURALISM AND NATIONALISM IN POST-WORLD WAR II IMMIGRATION REFORM 225
7 The Liberal Critique and Reform of Immigration Policy 227
Epilogue 265
Appendix 271
Notes 275
Archival and Other Primary Sources 357
Index 369

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