U.S. immigration and naturalization laws have played an important role in the production of an “American” identity that is premised on racial, sexual, gender, and/or class hierarchies. For this assignment, please select one law from the list below and analyze how it relies on racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and/or class categories to regulate immigration admission and exclusion, and to produce “American” identity. Please briefly describe the historical context in which the law was passed.
1) Find, read and analyze the original document of the law. Please include at least one close reading of an excerpt from the law.
2) The paper should have a thesis statement that outlines your argument in the first paragraph.
2) Cite one academic source (not from assigned class readings) that discusses your selected immigration law.
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3) Length: 600-750 words. Please provide a word count at the end of your paper.
4) Due date: Friday January 29 at midnight [PST].
Please select a law/court case from this list:
• Naturalization Act of 1790 [CHAP. III]
• The Page Act of 1875
• Immigration Act of 1917 (also Asiatic Barred Zone Act) [Chap. 29. Note: This is a long law; focus on the portions that refer to immigrants from Asia and also to “sexual perverts”].
• Cable Act of 1922 [Note: text of the Cable Act is bottom of page 1021, CHAP.411].
• Takao Ozawa v. U.S. (1922) [court case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided if Japanese people were “white”]
• U.S. v. Bhagat Singh Thind 1923 [court case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided if Indian immigrants were eligible for U.S. naturalized citizenship]
• Immigration Act of 1924
• Philippine Independence Act [Tydings-McDuffie Act] 1934
• Public Law 45 [Bracero Program] 1943 [Chapter 82]
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