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See also: Becoming a Citizen

Selected Books

Alzo, Lisa A. with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's Immigrants
F159.P69 A2193 2006x
Pittsburgh's Immigrants pays tribute to the hardworking men and women who made significant contributions to the growth and development of western Pennsylvania and left a legacy of rich and vibrant ethnic culture that endures to the present day.
Daniels, Roger.
Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882
JV6483.D354 2004
The federal government's efforts to pick and choose among the multitude of immigrants seeking to enter the United States began with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Conceived in ignorance and falsely presented to the public, it had undreamed-of consequences, and this pattern has been rarely deviated from since. As renowned historian Roger Daniels shows in this brilliant new work, America's inconsistent, often illogical, and always cumbersome immigration policy has profoundly affected our recent past.
Hing, Bill Ong
Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration
JV6465.H56 2010
A fresh, responsible approach to addressing undocumented Mexican migration through substantial investment in Mexico's infrastructure and economy.
Illegal Immigration
JV6483.I524 2012x
Merino, Noël (Editor)
This is part of the Current Controversies series by Greenhaven Press and is an anthology of differing views on assimilation, effects on the economy, amnesty, border enforcement, guest worker programs, and more.
Martínez, Rubén
Crossing Over: a Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
E184.M5 M388 2001
Crossing Over follows the exodus of the Cha´vez clan, an extended Mexican family from their small southern Mexican town of Cheraacute;n to California, Wisconsin, and Missouri
Martínez, Rubén
The New Americans
JV6456.M37 2004
In this companion to the PBS television series of the same name, Martinez narrates the journeys of recent American immigrant families from Palestine, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and India, offering a portrait of the United States' new multicultural landscape.
Roediger, David R.
Working toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White; the Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs
E184.A1 R645 2005x
A masterful history by an award-winning writer, Working Toward Whiteness recounts how American ethnic groups considered white today, such as Jewish-, Italian-, and Polish-Americans, once occupied a confused racial status in their new country. Roediger charts the strange transformation of new immigrants into the "white ethnics" of America today-and into America's cultural insiders.
Suro, Roberto.
Strangers Among Us: How Latino Immigration is Transforming America
E184.S75 S86 1998
Suro, a reporter for the Washington Post, gathers person-in-the-street stories of the Cuban experience in Miami; the Guatemalan in Houston; the Puerto Rican in New York; the Dominican in New York; and the Mexican in Los Angeles.
Weissbrodt, David S.
Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell
This compact book offers an overview of the history, constitutional authority, statutory provisions, regulations, structure, procedure, administrative process, and ethical principles of immigration law and practice.


Frontline. Lost in Detention: President Obama's Tough Immigration Enforcement
More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment. Now viewers can investigate Obama's enforcement strategies and journey into the secretive world of immigrant detention, while getting a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them.



  • U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services
    A wide collection of resources, both government and external, about immigration and immigrant groups in the United States can be found under "Education & Resources", "Resources for Adult Educators".
  • White House Issues: Immigration
    Obama's position on immigration: "He believes our immigration policy should be driven by our best judgment of what is in the economic interest of the United States and what is in the best interest of the American worker."


  • American Friends Service Committee: Immigrants' Rights
    Included is a section "Learn About Immigrants' Rights" which gives an overview of immigration in the United States, including recent law and policy. The American Friends website is also a good place to learn about other global issues that adversely affect the poor and developing world.
  • American Immigration Law Foundation
    The American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) is a nonprofit education organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society, and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants. Includes material on immigration reform and policy, as well as a public education section with extensive resources on a variety of immigration topics.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    Includes "Find an immigration lawyer"
  • Center for Immigration Studies
    This think tank for immigration studies is "animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted." Their home page links to recent news articles about immigration from a variety of sources.
  • Migration Policy Institute
    The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide and guided by the philosophy that international migration needs active and intelligent management. When such policies are in place and are responsibly administered, they bring benefits to immigrants and their families, communities of origin and destination, and sending and receiving countries.
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
    Deals with the problem of refugees and resulting immigration throughout the world.


  • Harvard University Library: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
    Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, is a web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
  • HistoryNet: Immigrants: The Last Time America Sent Her Own Packing
    "Fueled by the Great Depression, an anti-immigrant frenzy engulfed hundreds of thousands of legal American citizens in a drive to ‘repatriate’ Mexicans to their homeland." An article by Steve Boisson about anti-Mexican feeling in the 1930s as portrayed in the book Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by Francisco E. Balderrama and Raymond Rodríguez.

Last updated Tuesday July 24 2012.