Safe haven a history of refugees in america by david w haines 386 rating details 21 ratings 2 reviews the notion of america as land of refuge is vital to american civic consciousness yet over the past seventy years the country has had a complicated and sometimes erratic relationship with its refugee populations. Safe haven a history of refugees in america is a thoughtful exploration of the question implicit in the works title has the united states provided a safe haven for refugees rather than directly answering the question author david w haines leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusion about the value of resettlement for those affected which most broadly includes all americans. Safe haven is a long overdue exploration of americas relationship to refugees and their relationship to their new country having worked with refugees for over 35 years i read with great delight his assertion that it is refugees who break down the boundaries between the world as americans understand it and want it to be and a rather different world one that is disorderly resists american preconceptions and eludes american efforts at control. Safe haven a history of refugees in america david w haines kumarian press 2012 law 256
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