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Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the US South

Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the US South

The author focuses on the hidden, health-related impacts of immigrant policing to examine the role of policy in shaping health inequality in the U.S., and responds to fundamental questions regarding biopolitics, especially how policy can reinforce 'race' as a vehicle of social division. He argues that immigration enforcement policy results in a shadow medical system, shapes immigrants' health and interpersonal relationships, and has health-related impacts that extend beyond immigrants to affect health providers, immigrant rights groups, hospitals, and the overall health system. 

Opinions Throughout History: Immigration

Opinions Throughout History: Immigration

This volume tracks the changing national views on immigration. Historian at-large Micah Issitt traces the path of public opinion and policy on immigration in American history, with each chapter providing insightful commentary on a selected primary source. Drawing from the popular press, key court and legislative battles, speeches, social activism and opinion polls, Opinions Throughout History-Immigration offers readers mixed sources of information woven together to highlight the overall momentum of developing public opinion on this perennial policy issue.

Immigration Law: A guide to laws and regulations

Immigration Law: A guide to laws and regulations

A comprehensive guide to the complex United States immigration system, ABA Fundamentals'' Immigration Law: A Guide to Laws and Regulations is the essential book for lawyers working in the immigration field, people applying for immigration benefits, students studying U.S. immigration laws, corporate counselors, police officers, and community groups.

Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating their worlds

Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating their worlds

Published in 2015 - Nearly 1.8 million undocumented immigrants are under the age of 18. How do immigration policies shape the lives of these young people? How do local and state laws that are seemingly unrelated to undocumented communities negatively affect them? Marisol Clark-Ibáñez delivers an intimate look at growing up as an undocumented Latino immigrant, analyzing the social and legal dynamics that shape everyday life in and out of school.

Books available at Evelyn S. Field Library

Books on immigration can be found in the library collection upstairs in the following sections:
E184.M5 This sections focuses on immigration to the U.S. from Mexico. ​
JV6450 This section focuses on the history and current status of immigration in the U.S.
JV6465 This section focuses on the sociological view of 
JV6475  This section focuses on stories of immigrants and challenges they face.
JV6600  This section focuses on the psychological aspect of an 
This Land Is Our Land: an immigrant's manifesto

This Land Is Our Land: an immigrant's manifesto

In this book, the author draws from his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City and from years of reporting around the globe. As he explains, the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by fear of immigrants. Ranging from Dubai and Morocco to New York City, the author contrasts the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, domestic workers, and others, and he takes readers on a heartbreaking trip to San Diego and Tijuana, where a border fence divides families and damages lives.

Opinions Throughout History: Immigration

Opinions Throughout History: Immigration

This volume tracks the changing national views on immigration. Historian at-large Micah Issitt traces the path of public opinion and policy on immigration in American history, with each chapter providing insightful commentary on a selected primary source. Drawing from the popular press, key court and legislative battles, speeches, social activism and opinion polls, Opinions Throughout History-Immigration offers readers mixed sources of information woven together to highlight the overall momentum of developing public opinion on this perennial policy issue.

North From Mexico: the Spanish speaking people of the United States

North From Mexico: the Spanish speaking people of the United States

This book provides students, educators, and politicians with an update to the classic Carey McWilliams work North From Mexico. It provides up-to-date information on the Chicano experience and the emergent social dynamics in the United States as a result of Mexican immigration. It provides readers with an in-depth understanding of the changing demographics of the Mexican immigrant population in the United States and it analyzes the major trends in U.S. immigration, including anti-immigrant policies, issues facing the unauthorized immigrant population, and the development of the immigrant rights movement. 

Race and Immigration

Race and Immigration

This book discusses immigration and its part in shaping the racial landscape of the U.S. today.  It emphasizes the dynamic and mutually formative interactions of race and immigration. Drawing on a wide range of studies, it explores key aspects of the immigrant experience, such as the history of immigration laws, the formation of immigrant occupational niches, and the development of immigrant identity and community. Specific topics covered include: the perceived crisis of unauthorized immigration; the growth of an immigrant rights movement; the role of immigrant labor in the elder care industry; the racial strategies of professional immigrants; and the formation of pan-ethnic Latino identities. 

How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts

How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts

This book examines Mexican Americans―from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished―to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed. These years shaped the emergence of what  the author describes as an immigration regime, which defined the racial categories that continue to influence perceptions in the United States about Mexican Americans, race, and ethnicity. Molina introduces and explains her central theory, racial scripts, which highlights the ways in which the lives of racialized groups are linked across time and space and thereby affect one another.