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Welcome to the Immigration 2016 resource guide! Included are videos, ebooks and articles for further exploration into this relevant topic.
Below are suggested streaming videos available through Rohrbach Library. A valid KU username and password is needed for viewing off-campus. This is only a partial list; feel free to explore other videos through our Films on Demand and Kanopy databases.
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Run for the Border by
Call Number: KF 4819 B46 2012eb
Publication Date: 2012-05-13
Mexico and the United States exist in a symbiotic relationship: Mexico frequently provides the United States with cheap labor, illegal goods, and, for criminal offenders, a refuge from the law. In turn, the U.S. offers Mexican laborers the American dream: the possibility of a better livelihood through hard work. To supply each other’s demands, Americans and Mexicans have to cross their shared border from both sides. Despite this relationship, U.S. immigration reform debates tend to be security-focused and center on the idea of menacing Mexicans heading north to steal abundant American resources. Further, Congress tends to approach reform unilaterally, without engaging with Mexico or other feeder countries, and, disturbingly, without acknowledging problematic southern crossings that Americans routinely make into Mexico. In Run for the Border, Steven W. Bender offers a framework for a more comprehensive border policy through a historical analysis of border crossings, both Mexico to U.S. and U.S. to Mexico. In contrast to recent reform proposals, this book urges reform as the product of negotiation and implementation by cross-border accord; reform that honors the shared economic and cultural legacy of the U.S. and Mexico. Covering everything from the history of Anglo crossings into Mexico to escape law authorities, to vice tourism and retirement in Mexico, to today’s focus on Mexican border-crossing immigrants and drug traffickers, Bender takes lessons from the past 150 years to argue for more explicit and compassionate cross-border cooperation. Steeped in several disciplines, Run for the Border is a blend of historical, cultural, and legal perspectives, as well as those from literature and cinema, that reflect Bender’s cultural background and legal expertise.
Call Number: KF 4819 R66 2005eb
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Throughout American history, the government has used U.S. citizenship and immigration law to protect privileged groups from less privileged ones, using citizenship as a “legitimate” proxy for otherwise invidious, and often unconstitutional, discrimination on the basis of race. While racial discrimination is rarely legally acceptable today, profiling on the basis of citizenship is still largely unchecked, and has in fact arguably increased in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks on the United States. In this thoughtful examination of the intersection between American immigration and constitutional law, Victor C. Romero draws our attention to a “constitutional immigration law paradox” that reserves certain rights for U.S. citizens only, while simultaneously purporting to treat all people fairly under constitutional law regardless of citizenship. As a naturalized Filipino American, Romero brings an outsider's perspective to Alienated, forcing us to look at constitutional immigration law from the vantage point of people whose citizenship status is murky (either legally or from the viewpoint of other citizens and lawmakers), including foreign-born adoptees, undocumented immigrants, tourists, foreign students, and same-gender bi-national partners. Romero endorses an equality-based reading of the Constitution and advocates a new theoretical and practical approach that protects the individual rights of non-citizens without sacrificing their personhood.
Lives in the Balance by
Call Number: KF 4836 S36 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-03
Although Americans generally think that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is focused only on preventing terrorism, one office within that agency has a humanitarian mission. Its Asylum Office adjudicates applications from people fleeing persecution in their homelands. Lives in the Balance is a careful empirical analysis of how Homeland Security decided these asylum cases over a recent fourteen-year period. Day in and day out, asylum officers make decisions with life-or-death consequences: determining which applicants are telling the truth and are at risk of persecution in their home countries, and which are ineligible for refugee status in America. In Lives in the Balance, the authors analyze a database of 383,000 cases provided to them by the government in order to better understand the effect on grant rates of a host of factors unrelated to the merits of asylum claims, including the one-year filing deadline, whether applicants entered the United States with a visa, whether applicants had dependents, whether they were represented, how many asylum cases their adjudicator had previously decided, and whether or not their adjudicator was a lawyer. The authors also examine the degree to which decisions were consistent among the eight regional asylum offices and within each of those offices. The authors’ recommendations, including repeal of the one-year deadline, would improve the adjudication process by reducing the impact of non-merits factors on asylum decisions. If adopted by the government, these proposals would improve the accuracy of outcomes for those whose lives hang in the balance. Andrew I. Schoenholtz is Visiting Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center. He is Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Philip G. Schrag is Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law and Director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center. Jaya Ramji-Nogales is Associate Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
The Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference by
Call Number: KF 4829 S57 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Designed to help human resource managers and immigration lawyers navigate complicated immigration laws and requirements, this handbook demystifies an array of statutes and regulations in a simple and straightforward question-and-answer format that includes flowcharts, illustrations, checklists, and sample documents. Complex state and federal lawssuch as the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986are discussed in detail with information on new procedures and requirements, including the Social Security Administration’s no-match rule and the Department of Homeland Security’s e-verify system.
U.S. Immigration Laws under the Threat of Terrorism by
Call Number: KF 4819 F37 2005eb
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
When the United States tightened its immigration policies in response to concerns over terrorism, MicrosoftOCOs Bill Gates and General ElectricOCOs Jeffrey Immelt warned that some of these restrictions were harmful to US economic interests.
Social Work 2016 Community Forum
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Forum References: Books and Articles
The following books and articles were used as references for papers presented at the Forum. Those not directly available in our databases can be requested through interlibrary loan: