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The Guarded Gate: The Reality Of American Refugee Policy
The Guarded Gate: The Reality Of American Refugee Policy
By Norman L. Zucker and Naomi Flink Zucker
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987, 368 pp

A useful survey of the law and actual practice of admitting, excluding and treating refugees and seekers of asylum in the United States, with emphasis on the years since 1945. The authors favor opening the gate far wider to the persecuted and downtrodden. They deplore forces working for exclusion; criticize practices of detention, interdiction and denial of due process; and condemn the bias toward refugees from communist countries and against those fleeing from political or economic oppression under noncommunist regimes.