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Calculated Kindness: Refugees and America's Half-Open Door, 1945 to the Present
Calculated Kindness: Refugees and America's Half-Open Door, 1945 to the Present
By Gilburt D.l Loescher and John A. Scanlan
Free Press, 1986, 331 pp

This book fills a need; it is the first comprehensive historical survey of the U.S. government's policies toward the admission of refugees from all regions of the world since World War II. The "calculation" in the kindness refers to the admission of refugees from communist countries as a way of underlining a political message. The door was and is only "half open" because almost no refugees from right-wing dictatorships have been admitted.