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Resources on Immigration


Last Updated January 5, 2012

Immigration & Citizenship

Alienated: Immigrant Rights, The Constitution, and Equality in America / Romero (2005)
American Passage: The History of Ellis Island / Cannato (2009)
Citizenship and Immigration / Joppke (2010)
International Migration and Citizenship Today / Steiner (2009)
U.S. Immigration made easy / Bray (2009)

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Central & South American Immigration

City of Dreams: Latino Immigration to Chicago / Cruz (2007)
Clandestine Crossings: Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border / Spener (2009)
The Devil’s Highway: A True Story / Urrea (2005)
Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and their Families / Dreby (2010)
Enrique’s Journey / Nazario (2007)
Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants / Castaneda (2007)
The Fence: National Security, Public Safety, and Illegal Immigration along the U.S.-Mexico Border / Maril (2011)
“I know it’s dangerous”: Why Mexicans Risk their Lives to Cross the Border / Sheridan (2009)
Illegal: Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone / Sterling (2010)
Labor & Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network / Gomberg-Muñoz (2011)
Midnight on the Line: The Secret Life of the U.S.-Mexico Border / Gaynor (2009)
Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy / French (2010)
Why Immigrants come to America: Braceros, Indocumentados, and the Migra / Stout (2008)
The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place / Hellman (2007)

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Global Perspectives

Diasporas / Dufoix (2008)
International Migration in the Age of Crisis and Globalization: Historical and Recent Experiences / Solimano (2010)
The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations / Berlin (2010)
The New African Diaspora / Okpewho & Nzegwu (2009)
Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries / Sadiq (2010)
Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West / Caldwell (2009)
Transnationalism and Society: An Introduction / Howard (2011)

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In America

The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security since 9/11 / Alden (2008)
Debating Immigration / Swain (2007)
From Every End of this Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives they made in America / Roberts (2009)
From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In / Vigdor (2009)
Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America / Diggs (2011)
How the United States Racializes Latinos: White Hegemony and its Consequences / Cobas, et al (2009)
Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Driving the New Economy (and how they will save the American worker) / Herman & Smith (2010)
Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria / Orchowski (2008)
Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America / Ngai (2004)
Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders / Riley (2008)
Living “Illegal”: The Human Face of Immigration / Marquardt, et al. (2011)
The New Case against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal / Krikorian (2008)
“They take our jobs!”: And 20 other Myths about Immigration / Chomsky (2007)
True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children / Salomone (2010)
Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives / Orner (2008)
Undocumented Students and the Policies of Wasted Potential / Lopez (2010)
We are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream / Perez (2009)

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Online Resources

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) [?]

Updates on pending legislation, policy briefs, and advocacy for immigrants.

Brookings Institution [?]

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. The Institution focuses on a variety of current issues with a focus on consensus building across political and ideological values.
  1. Breaking the Immigration Stalemate: From Deep Disagreement to Constructive Proposals
  2. Democracy in the Age of New Media: A Report on the Media and the Immigration Debate

Department of Homeland Security [?]

Variety of reports on Border Security, Immigration Statistics, and Immigration Enforcement.

Immigration Policy Center [?]

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) provides research and analysis about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society.

National Council of La Raza [?]

A Latino civil rights and advocacy group. NCLR conducts surveys, publishes reports and issues policies focused on the Hispanic/Latino communities.

Migration Policy Institute [?]

MPI is an independent, non-profit think tank that studies world-wide migration and immigration.

Pew Hispanic Center [?]

A policy center connected to the Pew Research Center. The Hispanic Center conducts surveys, develops reports and presents policy issues focused on the Hispanic/Latino communities.

Southern Poverty Law Center [?]

The Southern Poverty Law Center in a nonprofit civil rights organization. The SPLC has issued several important studies on immigrants and studies the rise of hate groups associated with anti-immigrant sentiments.

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