Illegal Immigration

Isett, Chris. Immigrants Rights March, 2006, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Employer Sanctions
  • Border Patrol
  • IRCA: Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Deportation
  • Illegal alien

New Books

Haugen, David and Susan Musser, eds. The Children of Undocumented Immigrants. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HQ792.U5 C4345 2013

Circulating Books

Martin, Philip. Importing Poverty?: Immigration and the Changing Face of Rural America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: JV6456 .M36 2009

MacDonald, Heather, Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga. The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today's. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2007. Print.
Call Number: JV6483 .M25 2007

Allport, Alan. Immigration Policy. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005. Print.
Call Number: JV6483 .A437 2005

Cornelius, Wayne A., ed. Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004. Print.
Call Number: JV6271 .C66 2004

Conley, Ellen Alexander. The Chosen Shore: Stories of Immigrants. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. Print.
Call Number: JV6465 .C73 2004

Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. New York: Perennial, 2002. Print.
Call Number: E184 .A1 D26 2002

Reference Books

Powell, John. Immigration. New York: Facts on File, 2007.
Call Number: REF JV6201 .P68 2007

Electronic Books


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Opening the Floodgates : Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws
By: Kevin R. Johnson.

Straddling the Border : Immigration Policy and the INS
By: Lisa Magana.

Citizenship in a Global World : Comparing Citizenship Rights for Aliens
By: Atsushi Kondao.

American Gulag : Inside U. S. Immigration Prisons
By: Mark Dow.


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Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including 143 full-text, peer reviewed articles about illegal immigration.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Over 200 peer reviewed, full-text articles can be found here on the subject of illegal immigration.

Issues & Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Search for "illegal immigration" here and find over 100 results including articles, editorial cartoons and reference results.

Global Issues in Context

Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. A general search for "illegal immigration" will 194 global viewpoint articles.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Dying to Get In: Illegal Immigration to the E.U.
This program surveys the high-tech methods being used to secure the E.U.'s borders against refugees and asylum-seekers alike while speaking with human smugglers, who both assist and exploit their clients; illegal immigrants, who see Europe as their only safe haven; and European bureaucrats, who in the absence of an overarching E.U. policy feel compelled to keep as many immigrants out of "Fortress Europe" as possible, to please their increasingly anti-immigrant electorates. (60 mins)

Illegal Immigration: A Dangerous Journey
For many teenagers in Mexico, heading across the U.S. border after high school is much more common than heading off to college. But as law enforcement continues to tighten security, that journey is growing more and more hazardous. Filmed on both sides of the border, this program briefly examines issues surrounding illegal immigration—particularly how much more a person can earn in America than in Mexico. Footage of a BORSTAR search-and-rescue officer hot on the trail of illegals in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert emphasizes the dwindling chances of successfully crossing into America illegally. (12 mins)

Immigration: Promise and Hope for Generations
This program examines current immigration policy within the context of our historical role as a melting pot for diverse nationalities. The growing political debate over the influx of illegal immigrants from Latin America is discussed by political leaders—some of whom advocate rights for the illegals, and some of whom do not. New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, Governor of California Pete Wilson, and Doris Meissner, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization Services, offer their opinions. (29 mins)

Broken Border: America’s Immigration Dilemma
Take a trip to historic Tombstone, Arizona, and relive Wyatt Earp’s gunfight at the O.K. Corral—or watch 21st-century vigilantes scour the landscape for Mexican invaders. Modern pseudo-cowboys haunt Southwestern communities with growing frequency, and they represent one of several new trends examined in this documentary on America’s immigration anxiety. Focusing on the porous U.S.-Mexico border separating Arizona and Sonora, the program records the daily routines and high-tech strategies of border agents, the attitudes of local ranchers and activists, and the motivations of undocumented job seekers determined to cross again and again, no matter how many times they are arrested. A conversation with Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Arizona) and a look at surging Latino populations in other states are also included. (45 mins)

Web sites

There are many good illegal immigration web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Center for Immigration Studies

The Center for Immigration Studies is 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.

Non-partisan articles, information, and links to sources on controversial issues. ProCon promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government. This website gives details about how the U.S. government enforces immigration and customs policies and also gives links to current news events involving the ICE.

Ferderation for American Immigration Reform

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest--- more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.

Immigrant Solidarity

The National Immigrant Solidarity Network (NISN) is a coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious, and student activist organizations from across the country.

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Research guide prepared on 2-29-2011 by Becky Ferris. Updated by Joy Singletary 3/25/14.