The United States was founded as, and has remained, a land of immigrants, but immigration has always proved a complex issue for the country. Today, America's immigration policy is surrounded by controversy. While some Americans appreciate the cultural and intellectual contributions of new citizens, others fear the country does not have the resources to support a continuous influx of immigrants. There is concern about the cost and danger of illegal immigration, the economic strain of legal immigration, and the question of whether to make English the official language of the United States. This second edition of ""Immigration Policy"" has been updated to cover new controversies and include up-to-date statistics on this perennially controversial issue.
Alan Allport was born in Whiston, England, and grew up in East Yorkshire. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a lecturer at Princeton University. He is the author of American Military Policy and Freedom of Speech in Chelsea House's Point/Counterpoint series. John E. Ferguson Jr. is an assistant professor at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. He earned his M.T.S. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University's Divinity and Law Schools and is a member of the bar in Tennessee and Washington, D.C.