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"Immigration Outside the Law is an exceptional combination of accessible prose, analytic depth and rigor, exhaustive research and coverage, and humanity. In short, it is a gem, a treasure trove of information and essential reading for anyone interested in immigration or concerned about the lives of immigrants today." --Cecilia Menjivar, Cowden Distinguished Professor, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

"Thoughtful and forward-looking, Immigration Outside the Law clearly lays out recent immigration programs, initiatives, cases, and legislation, places these in historical perspective, and links them to debates over what the United States stands for as a nation. Motomura's explication of the complexity of the category 'unauthorized immigrant' is invaluable." --Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

"Hiroshi Motomura here provides a brilliant framework for thinking about and debating the relationship between immigration and law-including how the government enforces the law. All of the major issues generating controversy in American political and legal circles are addressed here with Motomura's characteristic deep insights, broad perspective and fair-mindedness. The book is a tour de force that will be a touchstone for years to come." --John Skrentny, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

"Immigration Outside the Law is a masterful work that does the seemingly impossible by offering fresh ways to comprehend and resolve one of the most hotly-contested dilemmas on the public agenda. Motomura's analysis is richly developed, clarifying, and deeply insightful. This important book will alter the way we think and argue about unauthorized immigration." --Daniel Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, University of Oregon

"Motomura takes on one of the great moral questions of our time and in characteristic fashion produces an indispensable meditation on the social and legal meaning of unlawful immigration status. Refreshingly, he explains rather than condemns our national ambivalence. Through deft analysis of history, doctrine, and institutional practice, he demands that we see beyond our current politics to devise an immigration system that generations from now will comport with our commitments to social integration, equality, and the rule of law." --Cristina M. Rodriguez, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

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Hiroshi Motomura is Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA and author of Americans in Waiting.

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