The Role of Ethnic Politics in U.S. Immigration and Refugee Policy: the Case of Soviet Jewry (Working Paper #175)

Fred A. Lazin, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel

Introduction: This paper examines the exercise of power by American Jews in American politics. It does so through an examination of the influence of the Soviet Jewry advocacy movement on United States refugee policies during the 1970s and 1980s. The movement consisted mostly of American Jewish organizations and individuals and operatives of an Israeli government agency, the Liaison Bureau.

Work Paper #175