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After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965

Libby Garland


Stolen Borders tells the history of the Jewish illegal immigration occasioned by the nation-based, restrictive immigration quotas implemented by federal laws passed in 1921 and 1924. A chaotic underground of illegal immigration emerged in the wake of these quota laws, which barred nearly all immigrants from Asia and most from southern and eastern Europe, people widely considered inferior and “undesirable.” In the years after the quotas, Jewish migrants sailed into New York with fake German passports and came into Florida from Cuba, hidden in the hold of boats loaded with contraband liquor. Thi ... More

Keywords: American Jewish history, illegal immigration, Jewish immigration, Jews, quota laws, border control, citizenship, migrant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226122458
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226122595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Libby Garland, author