Additional Resources


Byrd, Susannah Mississippi
¡Bienvenidos! = Welcome! : a handy resource guide for marketing your library to Latinos
American Library Association, Cinco Puntos Press, 2005
0838909027 (pbk.)

Castillo-Speed, Lillian
The power of language = El poder de la palabra : selected papers from the Second REFORMA National Conference
REFORMA, Libraries Unlimited, 2001

Ciment, James
Encyclopedia of American immigration
M.E. Sharpe, 2001

Güereña, Salvador
Library services to Latinos : an anthology
McFarland, 2000
0786409118 (soft : alk. paper)

Immroth, Barbara Froling; McCook, Kathleen de la Peña
Library services to youth of Hispanic heritage
McFarland, 2000
0786407905 (softcover : alk. paper)

Jones, Plummer Alston
Libraries, immigrants, and the American experience
Greenwood Press, 1999
0313307695 (alk. paper)

Still struggling for equality : American public library services with minorities
Libraries Unlimited, 2004
1591582431 (alk. paper)

Kuharets, Irina A.; Cahalan, Brigid A.; Gitner, Fred J.
Bridging cultures : ethnic services in the libraries of New York State
New York Library Association, 2001

Levinson, David and Melvin Ember
American immigrant cultures : builders of a nation
Macmillan Reference USA, 1997
0028972082 (set : alk. paper)

Luévano-Molina, Susan
Immigrant politics and the public library
Greenwood Press, 2001
0313305242 (alk. paper)

Moller, Sharon Chickering
Library service to Spanish speaking patrons : a practical guide
Libraries Unlimited, 2001
1563087197 (pbk.)


Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States:

California State University at Long Beach Chicano & Latino Studies Research Guide on Immigration:

Trac Immigration. Government Studies on Immigration:

This site lists several documents concerning immigration issues from the Congressional Research Service, the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Security and other departments.

Arizona State University:
The Im/migration page is maintained by Brian Gratton and Ian Johnson with the intent of providing useful resources to anyone having a scholarly or professional interest in immigration and ethnicity in the United States. They provide an excellent list of web resources that provide on-line materials for teaching and research in ethnic and immigration history.

Undocumented Immigrants : Facts and Figures by Jeffrey S. Passel. From the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization:

GAO (Government Accountability Office) Selected Immigration-Related Products:
Many documents available as PDF, including Demographics, Immigration Enforcement and Border Security, Labor Markets, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Immigration Related Border Security Legislation in the 109th Congress:
CRS Report for Congress

Immigration Statistics on the Web:
CRS Report for Congress

From Librarian’s Internet Index : websites you can trust (
The Immigration Debate in the Classroom:

Annotated links to classroom materials for learning about "the highly charged national debate on the issues of immigration reform and border security." Includes background documents, lesson plans, ideas for teaching controversial topics, and classroom activities (such as debates and letter-writing). From SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Education) History/Social Science, a project of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

Public Agenda Issue Guides, Immigration:

Public opinion and arguments for and against different aspects of U.S. immigration policy. Features public views about immigration (from opinion polls), discussion guides with discussions of three perspectives (honoring commitment to newcomers, and cutting back because of security or economics), government immigration statistics, a "behind the headlines" feature, descriptions of agencies and organizations concerned with immigration, and related resources. From Public Agenda, "a nonpartisan opinion research and civic engagement organization."

National ID Cards and the Real ID Act:
Material about national identification cards in the U.S. and about the Real ID Act (2005), "which mandates federal requirements for driver's licenses. Critics argue that it would make driver's licenses into de facto national IDs." Features links to news items and reports. Also includes material about the British move toward mandatory national ID cards. From the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a research center that focuses on civil liberties issues.

Migration Policy Institute (MPI):
Analyses of "migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels" from an "independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank." Find publications on U.S. immigration policy, U.S.-Mexico relations, European migration, temporary worker programs, refugees, border security, and other migration topics. Includes news releases and links to news stories.

ACLU: Immigrants Rights:
Policy statements and other material about the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens in the U.S. Topics include asylum, detention, discrimination, workplace rights, and judicial review and court access. Includes legislative and legal documents, press releases, and position papers. Some documents available in Spanish. From the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Office of Immigration Statistics :
Publications from this federal office "responsible for developing, analyzing, and disseminating statistical information needed to assess the effects of immigration in the United States." Includes the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, demographic profiles on legal permanent residents (LPR) and naturalized citizens, population estimates, maps, and working papers and special reports. This office is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mexico Migration Project:
Each year this project compiles a history of Mexican migration to the U.S. based on interviews conducted in Mexico during the winter. Topics include employment, earnings, and use of U.S. social services. The site features downloadable data, maps, and a list of publications. Also includes oral histories, and an online exhibit of religious folk art retablos (1900-1993). In English and Spanish. The MMP is a research effort between investigators in Mexico and the United States.

Borders and Law Enforcement:
Overview of legal issues related to the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Topics include Border Liaison Mechanisms (BLMs), environmental cooperation, narcotics trafficking control, and trade. Also includes news about recent border issues and links to related sites. From the U.S. Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Mexico.

America's Immigration Quandary:
Results of a 2006 survey about immigration that found that "the public remains largely divided in its views of the overall effect of immigration." Includes data and analysis from the survey of 2,000 adults nationally and from separate surveys of an additional 800 adults in five metropolitan areas. Survey topics include jobs and immigration, temporary worker programs, illegal immigration, and more. From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Additional Immigration Resources from LII:;action=show;searchtype=keywords


Pew Hispanic Center
The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation. The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Teachers College, Columbia University
A lot of timely publications listed here with a focus on New York.
On the Corner : Day Laborers in the United States by Abel Valenzuela, Jr., et al. The only national study of day laborers from the University of California at Los Angeles Institute for Social Science Research, Center for the Study of Urban Poverty:


We Are America Alliance:
Focusing on action versus analysis; a newly-forming nationwide alliance of immigrant, grassroots, labor,local, statewide and national organizations.

International Relations Center, Americas Program: A New World of Citizen Action, Analysis and Policy Options:

Founded in 1979, the IRC is a small but dynamic nonprofit policy studies center whose overarching goal is to help forge a new global affairs agenda for the U.S. government and people-one that makes the United States a more responsible global leader and partner.

Americas Special Report. Immigration Debate - Politics, Ideologies of Anti-Immigration Forces. By Tom Barry. (Tom Barry is policy director of the International Relations Center, online at and an associate of the IRC Americas Program.)
See complete new IRC paper online at:
With printer-friendly PDF version at:

(This is the first in a three part series of IRC Americas reports that examines the political forces shaping the immigration debate in the United States.)
Although immigration restrictionists share a common agenda, they do not operate as a unified political bloc. Anti-immigration forces include partisans of the two main political parties as well as adherents of parties and movements on the political left and right that fall outside mainstream political thinking.
Most immigration restrictionists are found within the political right, but by no means do all Republicans, conservatives, and members of other right-wing sectors believe that the government should actively restrict immigration. Some of the strongest proponents of immigration are found within the ranks of the Republican Party, including the libertarians who believe that the market, and not the government, should regulate labor supply and business sectors favoring the easy flow of cheap immigrant labor.
Within the anti-immigration camp, there are major differences. The paleoconservatives, for example, together with associated traditionalists and social conservatives, criticize the leading restrictionist policy institutes such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
They believe that these groups espouse essentially secular and liberal ideas about population control, environmentalism, and labor issues, rather than standing firmly behind the country's core Judeo-Christian culture and values.

Congressional Reports for the People:

Immigration Policy on Expedited Removal of Aliens, January 18, 2006.

Farm Labor Shortages and Immigration Policy, January 25, 2006

The Borderlands Encyclopedia. A digital educational resource on contemporary United States-México Border Issues.
From the University of Texas at El Paso:

Immigration Policy Center. Providing factual information about immigration and immigrants in America, from the American Immigration Law Foundation:

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