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Students on the MBHS Campus participate in an immigration unit each year. The students learn about various groups of immigrants and the problems each group faced in their journey. Each student then chooses a particular group of immigrants to study for an independent research project. Students use the books in our CCD collection, websites, and databases to research immigrant experiences within the United States. Each student presents their final project to the class and explains what the immigrant experience was for their chosen group, as well as what contributions that group has made to the culture of the United States.
The Immigration CCD collection includes materials that document the immigrant experience. It includes topics from historical immigration to current issues surrounding illegal immigration, refugee/asylum seekers, as well as the emerging climate migration concerns.
We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults by
Publication Date: 2019-01-08
The Stonewall Honor-winning author of Beyond Magenta shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America. "Maybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they'll think about me. I'm a real person." Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin's gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration -- and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.
Debates on 20th-Century Immigration by
Publication Date: 2018-08-15
Immigration was one of the most controversial social issues during the 20th century, as debates intensified over whether immigrants adversely impact life for American citizens. Through a narrative-driven pro/con format - supported by relevant facts, quotes, and anecdotes - this book examines controversial issues stemming from historic events. Topics include: Did 20th-Century Immigration Harm the US Economy? Did 20th-Century Immigration Worsen Crime? Did 20th-Century Immigration Threaten American Culture? Did 20th-Century America Have Room for New Immigrants?
Immigration Bans by
Publication Date: 2017-07-15
Recent world events have brought the issue of immigration to the forefront of media and journalism, cultural debates, and political campaigns. Calls for regulation are criticized as racist and xenophobic by some and deemed necessary by others. This resource addresses important questions surrounding the issue: How do immigration bans affect different groups? How can nations reconcile humanitarian and security concerns for refugees? How much of the nation's economy depends on immigrant labor? And finally, do increased border controls and deportations actually work?
Climate Refugees by
Publication Date: 2018-08-15
In a world where temperatures fluctuate and extreme weather has become commonplace, several populations have already found themselves unable to survive in their homeland. Droughts, flooding, and crop failures have caused famine, while extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes have destroyed homes and, at times, whole villages. The articles in this collection examine the phenomenon of climate refugees, including the reasons they must move, the impact it has on humans and the economy, and examining the politics and other factors that affect their arrival in new countries.
The Making of a Dream by
Publication Date: 2018-01-30
A journalist chronicles the next chapter in civil rights--the story of a movement and a nation, witnessed through the poignant and inspiring experiences of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society's attitudes toward one of the most contentious political matters roiling America today: immigration. They are called the DREAMers: young people who were brought, or sent, to the United States as children and who have lived for years in America without legal status. Growing up, they often worked hard in school, planned for college, only to learn they were, in the eyes of the United States government and many citizens, "illegal aliens." Determined to take fate into their own hands, a group of these young undocumented immigrants risked their safety to "come out" about their status--sparking a transformative movement, engineering a seismic shift in public opinion on immigration, and inspiring other social movements across the country. Their quest for permanent legal protection under the so-called "Dream Act," stalled. But in 2012, the Obama administration issued a landmark, new immigration policy: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has since protected more than half a million young immigrants from deportation even as efforts to install more expansive protections remain elusive. The Making of a Dream begins at the turn of the millennium, with the first of a series of "Dream Act" proposals; follows the efforts of policy makers, activists, and undocumented immigrants themselves, and concludes with the 2016 presidential election and the first months of the Trump presidency. The immigrants' coming of age stories intersect with the watershed political and economic events of the last two decades: 9/11, the recession, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama presidency, and the rebirth of the anti-immigrant right. In telling their story, Laura Wides-Muñoz forces us to rethink our definition of what it means to be American.
Immigration Timeline - The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation
An overview of immigration in the United States. Each section relays important events that occurred during the selected time range.
National Archives - Immigration Records
The National Archives provides access to immigrant entry records and other immigration topics in our nation's history.
First Days Project
The First Days Project was started in 2013. Immigrants share the story of their first day in the United States.
Immigration Data - Department of Homeland Security
The Office of Immigration Statistics collects information to be used in evaluating the impact of immigration laws. Information available includes statistics on permanent residents, refugee/asylum seekers, illegal immigrant populations, and border security.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. This website has online resources for those seeking information and forms for US immigration services.
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse on Immigration uses the Freedom of Information Act to provide research on government agency reports on immigration, immigration caseloads and outcomes, border patrol reports, deportation proceedings and more. There is also a glossary of immigration terms.
Explore immigration statistics and stories through the Tenement Museum in New York City.
Your Story, Our Story
People across the country are invited to post their immigration story and/or photos of important objects about different cultures.
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
AIISF collects the stories of immigrants entering the US from the Pacific. These stories are shared through education initiatives and public programs.
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