Sovereign Mercy: The Legalization of the White Russians and the History of Immigration Relief

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Kang recounts the forgotten history of a group of Russian refugees who were spared from deportation to the Soviet Union where they would face persecution and even death. As she traces the movement to save the Russians, she demonstrates how conceptions of mercy and compassion informed the development of American immigration law and led to the creation of various forms of immigration relief. Ultimately, however, there were limits to the grant of relief. As Kang explains, the history of the Russian deportees served as a harbinger of the ways in which race, class, gender, and ideology informed decisions about who deserved sovereign mercy.

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Immigration Legal and Constitutional

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