Impossible subjects illegal aliens and the making of modern america updated edition politics and society in modern america mae m ngai on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this book traces the origins of the illegal alien in american law and society explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in us immigration policy a process that profoundly . Impossible subjects makes an outstanding contribution to us histories of race and citizenship ngais excellent discussions of the figure of the illegal alien and laws regarding immigration and citizenship demonstrate the history of us citizenship as an institution that produces racial differences. Impossible subjects illegal aliens and the making of modern america updated edition this new edition of impossible subjects comes during a time of intensified public debate in the united states over unauthorized migration and immigration policy reform existing and potential undocumented migrants continue to animate the central questions . Impossible subjects looks at the question of illegal immigrants to the us and the government policy that created them our immigration policy was much more open before 1924 except with regard to asians which is another whole story about extreme prejudice
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