By Victor C. Romero
Throughout American historical past, the govt. has used U.S. citizenship and immigration legislation to guard privileged teams from much less privileged ones, utilizing citizenship as a “legitimate” proxy for another way invidious, and infrequently unconstitutional, discrimination at the foundation of race. whereas racial discrimination is never legally applicable this day, profiling at the foundation of citizenship remains to be mostly unchecked, and has in truth arguably elevated within the wake of the September eleven terror assaults at the usa. during this considerate exam of the intersection among American immigration and constitutional legislation, Victor C. Romero attracts our realization to a “constitutional immigration legislation paradox” that reserves convinced rights for U.S. electorate simply, whereas at the same time purporting to regard every person rather below constitutional legislation despite citizenship.
As a naturalized Filipino American, Romero brings an outsider's viewpoint to Alienated, forcing us to examine constitutional immigration legislations from the vantage element of individuals whose citizenship prestige is murky (either legally or from the perspective of different voters and lawmakers), together with foreign-born adoptees, undocumented immigrants, travelers, international scholars, and same-gender bi-national companions. Romero endorses an equality-based studying of the structure and advocates a brand new theoretical and useful method that protects the person rights of non-citizens with no sacrificing their personhood.
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Alienated : immigrant rights, the constitution, and equality in America by Victor C. Romero