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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

Center for Immigration Studies     http://www.cis.org/
Non-partisan, non-profit think tank devoted to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.  This site provides information about legal/illegal immigration, immigration history, costs, terrorism and national security, etc. from a "...pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted" perspective.

Federation for American Immigration Reform (F.A.I.R.)     http://www.fairus.org/
Site which seeks to restrict and reform immigration law.  Includes statistical information about legal and illegal immigrants.  This site also includes a section with a drop-down menu called "Immigration Issue Centers" that covers immigration topics of interest in depth. The "Doing Research?" section also provides "Immigration in Your Backyard" - which "..examines the real-life impact of mass immigration policies in each of the 50 states."

The Impact of Immigration on the California Economy     http://www.labor.ca.gov/panel/pdf/impactimmcaecon.pdf
A 2005 report by the California Regional Economies Project about the impact of immigration on the California economy.  It is a very thorough report with charts and graphs.

Minuteman Project     http://www.minutemanproject.com
The Minuteman Project was created in 2004 by Jim Gilgrist of Aliso Viejo, California.  Its mission is to stop the flow of illegal immigrants by monitoring the United States-Mexico border.  President Bush has referred to this group as vigilantes.

National Immigration Forum     http://www.immigrationforum.org/
Pro-immigration site that "advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country." 

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)     http://www.nnirr.org/
Pro-immigration site which "...works to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the U.S. and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees regardless of immigration status."  Unfortunately, there is a charge for their reports, which are available at: http://www.nnirr.org/news/news_pub_archive.html

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)     http://uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
"Created as a separate bureau by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, USCIS allows the Department of Homeland Security to improve the administration of benefits and immigration services for applicants by exclusively focusing on immigration and citizenship services."

U.S.Census Bureau Report     http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/foreign.html
A report from the Census Bureau on the Foreign-Born population in the United States.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context     http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/start.do?prodId=OVRC&userGroupName=cclc_rio
A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues.  Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Issues & Controversies @ FACTS.com     http://www.2facts.com
Try searching for "emigration" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in-depth information.

Professional Collection     http://find.galegroup.com/menu/commonmenu.do?userGroupName=cclc_rio
Try searching for "emigration" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in-depth information.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

The debatabase book : a must-have guide for successful debate
Call number: Ref ZA3050.D3945 2007x

Dictionary of American immigration history
Call number: Ref JV6450.D53 1990

Encyclopedia of American immigration
Call number: Ref JV6465.E53 2001

Hispanic Americans (The reference shelf)
Call number: Ref E184.S75H5653 2007

U.S. immigration : a reference handbook (ABC-CLIO's contemporary world issues series)
Call number: Ref JV66483.L46 2004

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

California -- Emigration and Immigration

Emigration and immigration

Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects

Emigration and immigration law -- United States -- History

Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects

United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Case studies

United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

An American story with Richard Rodriguez
Call number: Video 000972
Part I. Rodriguez' experiences of growing up in America as the son of immigrants, the loss of his "Mexican soul", and his first exposure to American culture. Part II. Discussion continues on the differences between Mexican and American cultures, including his observations on America's growing sense of loss and the essence of American society today.

Bharati Mukherjee : Conquering America
Call number: Video 000416
Author Bharati Mukherjee and Bill Moyers discuss America's Asian immigrants, of whom she is one, and the struggles of the enculturation process.

The Inheritance
Call number: Video 001006
Portrays the history of early twentieth-century immigration to the United States, the social and economic conditions of the immigrants which influenced the development of the trade union movement, and the cultural changes which resulted. Includes archival photographs and newsreel footage.

Journey to America
Call number: Video 000471
A tribute to the over 12 million immigrants entering the United States between 1890-1920.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 8 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB (immigration policy)  [from peer-reviewed journals only]
    2.  (SUB (immigration) and reform
    3.  (SUB (immigration) and SUB (statistics)
    4.  (SUB (immigration) and GEO (California)
    5.  (SUB (immigration) and anti-immigration
    6.  (SUB (immigration) and pro-immigration
    7.  (SUB (immigration) and CO (Immigration & Naturalization Service) 
    8.  (CO(Department of Homeland Security)

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian 12/1998
last update: T. Shabelnik, Librarian 3/2010

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