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After They Closed the GatesJewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965$
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Libby Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226122458

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226122595.001.0001

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Battling Alien Registration

Battling Alien Registration

(p.148) Chapter 5 Battling Alien Registration
After They Closed the Gates

Libby Garland

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Five explores the issue of internal “border control” in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. It investigates the battles over alien registration laws requiring all non-naturalized foreigners to register with the government. American Jews consistently opposed these laws and led the fight against their passage and implementation. This chapter, which focuses in particular on the fate of a state alien registration law passed in Michigan in 1931, argues that Jews ultimately escaped the specter of illegal alienness in part through their own political efforts in the face of such controversies.

Keywords:   alien registration, Communists, Detroit, illegal immigration, internal border control, Jewish immigration, Jews, Michigan, quota laws

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