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Think. Discuss. Act. Immigration

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Immigration Resources

Organizations

Immigration Policy Center: American Immigration Council – “Its mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policy makers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy in U.S. society.”

Bibliography

Ilona Bray (2011) U.S. Immigration Made Easy

Daniel Carrol (2008) Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

Aviva Chomsky (2014). Undocumented: How Immigration Became IllegalBostonBeacon Press, 256pp.  The author, a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University, is an immigrant rights activist. In this book she contends that “‘illegality’ and ‘undocumentedness’ are concepts created to exclude and exploit. This book further describes what it is like to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context.”

Aviva Chomsky (2007) They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 other Myths about Immigration

Nicholas J. Cull and David Carrasco, eds. (2004). Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 231pp.    A book of essays on the lives of undocumented immigrants, with a disc of a new cut of the 1977 film, “Alambrista,” provide slices of life introducing us to to the actual lives of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. A good discussion starter.

Roger Daniels (2nd ed. 2002). Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life.  New York: Harper Perennial, 576pp.   Professor of History Emeritus at the Univ. of Cincinatti and past president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. This second edition of a classic includes additional analysis of immigration in this age of globalization and updated statistics.

James K. Hoffmeier (2009) The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible.  Crossway, 176pp. This book is an attempt by a professor of Old Testament and Archeology to apply biblical teachings to the immigration crisis in the U.S. today.

Glen H. Stassen & David P. Gushee (2003) Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context,  IVP Academic, 538pp. This is not a book about the ethics of immigration policy, but an attempt at a holistic ethical system fit for our current society.

Carol M. Swain, ed. (2007) Debating Immigration, Cambridge Univ. Press, 330pp. Eighteen essays dealing with various immigration policy issues from different perspectives.

Film

“Alambrista! (1977)  (Criterion Collection) – Directed by Robert M. Young this 96 minute movie describes the efforts of a farmworker who has sneaked across the border from Mexico to California in order to make money for his impoverished family back home. Without glamorization or sentimentalism, the film portrays the complex life of an undocumented migrant worker.

“The Other Side of Immigration.” – Filmmaker Roy Germano asks why so many Mexicans have risked their lives to come to the U.S. in 700 interviews from Mexican towns. From such interviews he has produced a “subtle and thought-provoking” background to an exceedingly complex and controversial issue.

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