U.S. Immigration

A Reference Handbook

by Michael C. LeMay


The current flow of immigrants worldwide is unprecedented, with almost as many people relocating to the United States as to all other nations combined. In the aftermath of 9/11, with the INS now a part of the Department of Homeland Security, the laws governing these new arrivals are undergoing tremendous, and often controversial changes.

Print Flyer
Cover image for U.S. Immigration

December 2003


Pages 283
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/U.S. Public Policy and Administration
  • Hardcover



    Add to Cart
  • eBook


    Call Your Preferred eBook Vendor for Pricing

  • International Pricing

    Hardcover: £43.00/46,00€/A$71.00

An expert examination of U.S. immigration law and its various reforms from 1965 to the present.

U.S. Immigration: A Reference Handbook is an authoritative, timely, and balanced review of immigration law in the United States. This title ranges from the "Kennedy" law of 1965 to the recent restructuring of the Immigration and Naturalization Service as a part of the creation of the new Department of Homeland Security.

The work offers a clear look at historic and ongoing immigration problems in the United States and the reforms enacted to address them. It provides insightful summaries of key statutes and landmark court cases, as well as biographical profiles of the principal players in U.S. immigration policy. Coverage includes problems within our borders such as legal and political attempts to control illegal immigration, to global concerns including terrorism, epidemics, and economic and trade issues.


  • Provides biographical sketches of both governmental and nongovernmental figures involved in U.S. immigration policy reform such as Doris Meissner and Lydio Tomasi
  • Summarizes every key U.S. law and court decision concerning immigration since 1965 including the Immigration Acts of 1990 and 1996 as well as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986


  • Examines all major changes in immigration law since 1965
  • Compares immigration approaches and attitudes in the United States to those in other countries facing similar problems
  • Discusses all the major agencies and organizations that influence immigration policy
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Michael C. LeMay, PhD, is professor of political science and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, San Bernardino, CA. His published works include numerous books and journal articles focusing on immigration, including U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Law and Issues: A Documentary History and The Perennial Struggle.

Other Titles of Interest

World Energy Crisis cover imageEntertainment Industry cover imageWomen and Crime cover image
World Sports cover imageChild Soldiers cover imageMedical Tourism cover image

Product Search

Product Search

Publication Year



Need Help? Try our Search Tips