This post is of a paper that was presented at The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA) conference in December 2008 at the University of Antwerp. It explores the changing nature of the US public research university as it responds to and helps shape the social and economic realities of an integrating world.
Garland argues that American immigration quota laws stimulated illegal immigration from Europe. She makes two claims that guide the narrative of the text. First, she asserts that the history of illegal immigration cannot be interpreted by reviewing the letter of the law and enforcement alone. It requires telling stories about what the law meant to people through their experiences. Second, Garland claims that Jews, unlike Mexicans and Asians were able to decouple and shed their ethnic identity from illegal immigration.