The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants

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Princeton University Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.56 pounds

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About the Author
Adam Goodman teaches in the Department of History and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago. Twitter @adamsigoodman
"Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History"
"Winner of the Henry Adams Book Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government"
"Winner of the PROSE Award in North American History, Association of American Publishers"
"Honorable Mention for the Theodore Saloutos Book Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society"
"Finalist for the Shapiro Book Prize, The Shapiro Center for American History and Culture at The Huntington"
"In his superbly researched and briskly narrated The Deportation Machine, Adam Goodman, an assistant professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, comprehensively recasts the way we think about expulsions from the US and their effects."---Julia Preston, New York Review of Books
"Could not be timelier. The Deportation Machine provides new, crucial insights into the history of migrant expulsion and the origins of today's crises."---Hilary Goodfriend, NACLA Report on the Americas
"The Deportation Machine is the first book to measure accurately the magnitude of exclusion and removal in modern American history. With painstaking archival work, Goodman tracks the true, and truly devastating, extent of removal policies. He makes an essential contribution."---Allison Brownell Tirres, Public Books
"Adam Goodman, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, examines how immigration policies and practices have been shaped as much by those who interpret, administer, execute and enforce the laws as by those who write them. . . . Although these measures may appear extreme, distasteful and even un-American, they are, Goodman reminds us, a continuation rather than a deviation from past practices."---David Nasaw, New York Times Book Review
"[A] superb history. . . . The Deportation Machine unearths policies and practices that have received scant attention and contributes immeasurably to our understanding of the dark side of immigration policy."---Susan Hartmann, H-Net Reviews
"Deportation policy in the United States is nonsensical because it is determined by two opposing impulses: racist hate and greed. We want immigrants because they do cheap work we won't do ourselves, but we don't want them because they represent, in the eyes of some Americans, a threat to our way of life. . . . Goodman is sharp on this contradiction. He demonstrates that the federal government's immigration policy emerges from a desire both to control the borders and to cater to employers, who want to maintain a 'well-regulated, exploitable migrant labor force."---Rachel Nolan, Harper's Magazine
"Exacting study of the historical roots of U.S. deportation policies. . . . [Goodman] confidently handles arcane historical details and a volatile subject. A well-researched historical discussion with clear current relevance."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Adam Goodman's The Deportation Machine offers an expansive, readable, and thought-provoking rethinking of the history of deportation in the United States. . . . [A] sweeping, engaging overview of U.S. deportation that will encourage scholars of immigration and the state to think differently about practices of exclusion today."---Abigail Andrews, American Journal of Sociology
"Indeed, there is now a burgeoning critical deportation literature in law, history, and the social sciences. In The Deportation Machine, Adam Goodman offers a powerful, well-written, thoughtful addition to this emerging body of work."---Daniel Kanstroom, Western Historical Quarterly
"For sociologists and political scientists studying deportation, the book provides a clear and expansive narrative about the ways in which formal deportation, voluntary departure and self-deportation feed into each other and have profoundly shaped the way non-citizens are deported from the United States from the late 19th century to present day."---Laura Cleton, International Migration
"Goodman's analysis of the human costs of the business of deportation represents another critical contribution to our understanding of expulsion and of the role that profits play in keeping the deportation machine functioning. . . . [An] engaging and beautifully written book."---Maddalena Marinari, California History