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This is a thoroughly researched and balanced narrative. It describes the tensions between America's tradition of welcoming "tired masses yearning to breathe free" and the demands of national sovereignty. It explains how the balance struck between the two conflicting interests has swung back and forth several times during our history. The book also begins some fascinating discussions about the interrelationships between America's attitudes on race and immigration, between civil rights and the treatment of immigrants and between global human rights and the war on terror. Yet Cannato leaves most of these questions hanging, without the fuller analyses that would have made this a great book.
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I really thought I would enjoy this book, but found it a dry recount of immigration law. I couldn't stay focused on it & eventually gave up. I may try again another time.