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Kitty Calavita: "The persistent gap in immigration law and its stubborn failures"

  • Tue, Jun 1 2010
    • Kitty Calavita and Douglas S. Massey

On May 13, 2010, Kitty Calavita was inducted as the Thorsten Sellin Fellow of the Academy at the Newseum in Washington, DC. In inducting her, Douglas Massey pointed to examples of the work Calavita has done that have affected policy. “In research on the Chinese Exclusion Acts of the 1880s, she used archival records to examine the assumptions about the nature of race and gender that were incorporated into the laws and she showed how those assumptions created dilemmas for customs officials at ports of entry and complicated their implementation.” The following is a transcript of Kitty Calavita’s remarks. “I am…

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