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New Americans: American Immigration History: Recent Immigration

Documentaries

Harvest of Empire. Onyx Films, 2012. "This documentary exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. " Rutgers-restricted Access

Undocumented. Directed by Marco Williams. Alexandria, VA., Filmakers Library, 2013. Rutgers-restricted Access

Lost in Detention. PBS Distribution, 2011. DVD. Available?

Sin Pais/Without Country. DVD. Harriman, NY, New Day Films, 2010. Explores one family's experience as they are separated by deportation. Available?

Newest Americans

Newest Americans
First issue of a new (Spring 2015) "experiment in collaborative storytelling" from the Rutgers University-Newark Center on Migration and the Global City and the Rutgers University-Newark Department of Arts, Culture and Media.
New Americans in New Jersey
Data from the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council.

The Debate

Immigration Debate: Politics, Ideologies of Anti-Immigration Forces
Tom Barry. An Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) Americas Program Special Report. June 17, 2005.

Legislation

Executive Summary: U.S. Immigration: A Legislative History
"Highlights the history of U.S. immigration legislation and the parallel rise and fall in numbers and changing ethnic makeup" up to 2004. From the Population Resource Center.
Key Immigration Laws and Policy Developments Since 1986: Fact Sheet
The key immigration laws that have shaped U.S. immigration policy since the passage of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act through 2013.
S.2611: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006: Summary
Summary of the bill passed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2006.
2007 Enacted State Legislation Related to Immigrants and Immigration. August 6, 2007
"As of July 2, 2007, no fewer than 1404 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration had been introduced among the 50 state legislatures. From January to July 2nd 2007, 170 bills became law in 41 states." From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Summary of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP)
December 15, 2009
Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children
Janet Napolitano. June 15, 2012.
Memorandum from the Secretary of Homeland Security on "how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home" [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Executive Order].
Summaries & Analysis of Immigration Reform Bills (2013)
From the National Immigration Law Center
Congress.gov
The official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Browse or search legislation relating to immigration from the 93rd (1973) Congress to the present.

Detention Facilities

Enforcement and Removal Operations, Newark Field Office, Elizabeth Conract Detention Facility, Newark, New Jersey
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Office of Detention Oversight. January 31-February 2, 2012.
Report on a Compliance Inspection (CI) of the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility.
Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services and the Center for Migration Studies. Journal on Migration and Human Security 3(2), 2015, pp.159-204.
Immigrant Detainees: Alone, Unrepresented & Imprisoned
Streaming videos of the conference held at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark on Friday, March 23, 2012.