As America begins the twenty-first century there is a growing outcry across the land for reform of the nation's chaotic immigration policies - especially in the light of new national security concerns. In this completely revised and updated version of his classic text on the subject, Vernon M. Briggs spells out how the nation's immigration policies consist of a hodge-podge of ineffective, counter productive, and special interest provisions, born from more than forty years of dubious political compromises, rather than serving the national interest. Using fresh data from the 2000 Census, Briggs shows how immigration patterns are in direct conflict with emerging labor market trends and constitute a serious threat to the jobs of American workers. He also provides specific details on what needs to be done to reform immigration policies so that they once more serve the national interest and promote national security.
1. Introduction: The Revival of Mass Immigration; 2. Immigration Policy: A Determinant of Economic Phenomena; 3. Citizenship and Naturalization; 4. Prelude to Mass Immigration; 5. Creating a Non-Agricultural Labor Force: The First Wave of Mass Immigration; 6. Expanding the Urban Labor Force: The Second Wave of Mass Immigration; 7. Rapid Industrialization Expands the Demand for Labor: The Third Wave of Mass Immigration; 8. Reprieve: The Cessation of Mass Immigration; 9. The Redesign of Immigration Policy: Replacing Social Goals with Political Goals; 10. Unexpected Consequences: The Revival of Mass Immigration; 11. Oversight: The Economic and Social Transformation of the U.S. Labor Market; 12. The National Interest: Synchronization of Immigration Policy with Economic Circumstances; Appendix A. Means by Which Selected Nations Grant Citizenship; Appendix B. The Preference System Created Under the Immigration Act of 1965; Appendix C. The Legal Immigration System and Its Preference Allocations in Effect from 1980 to 1991