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The Battle for the MigrantsIntroduction of Steamshipping on the North Atlantic and Its Impact on the European Exodus$
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Torsten Feys

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781927869000

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781927869000.001.0001

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Shipping Companies' Interference with the Enactment and Implementation of Immigration Laws during the Progressive Era

Shipping Companies' Interference with the Enactment and Implementation of Immigration Laws during the Progressive Era

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(p.263) Chapter V Shipping Companies' Interference with the Enactment and Implementation of Immigration Laws during the Progressive Era
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The Battle for the Migrants
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Torsten Feys

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781927869000.003.0006

This final chapter explores the ways in which shipping companies both attempted to prevent and successfully blocked the implementation of numerous American laws restricting the passage of migrants. It examines immigration policies implemented at Ellis Island - including analysis of the various reasons for denial of entry and the actions of unsympathetic Ellis Island leaders; migration as an issue of race politics; the impact of the Immigration Acts of 1903, 1907, and the Dillingham-Burnett Bill; gate issues surrounding immigration; and the interference of shipping companies in racist immigrant selection processes. It concludes that shipping companies were vigorous in their efforts to guarantee their right to land their passengers, and would circulate information through agent networks detailing how migrants could pass through tightened border controls.

Keywords:   Ellis Island, American Racism, Migration Politics, American Immigration Acts, Dillingham-Burnett Bill, American Border Patrol, American Race Politics

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