U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World helps students examine the historical and current dimensions of an issue that has become a key focus of U.S. policy in the wake of 9.11. This unit engages students in the current debate about U.S. national identity.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
U.S. Immigration Policy: What should we do?
This lesson plan engages students in consideration of divergent policy alternatives concerning the goals of immigration policy. This teaching resource was posted in spring 2006, as controversy over U.S. immigration policy became front page news.
Online Ballot: U.S. Immigration Policy - What Should We Do?
This online ballot is designed for use with the online lesson or with U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World.
New York Times Immigration Explorer
This interactive map provides data about where foreign-born groups have settled in the United States, with the capability to display the change over time from 1880 to the present day.
New York Times Diversity in the Classroom
This interactive graphic provides statistics about diversity in schools in more than 17,000 districts across the United States, with data tracing the change over time from the late 1980s to today.
Interactive State-by-State Map
US Census Data on the Foreign BornAn interactive state-by-state map published by the Migration Policy Institute.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
A U.S. government website that offers statistics and information about government policy.
National Immigration Forum
An immigrant rights organization that advocates for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees.
Federation for American Immigration Reform
A national organization that advocates for a reduction in U.S. immigration levels.
Human Rights Coalition
A grassroots organization that provides a human rights perspective on immigration in the southern border region of the United States.
U.S. Committee for Refugees
Reports and statistics from a refugee advocacy organization.
National Immigration Law Center
Information and reports from an organization devoted to helping low-income immigrants.
The March 2005 issue of History Now, an online quarterly journal of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, focuses on the history of immigration.
Beck, Roy. The Case Against Immigration: The Moral, Economic, Social, and Environmental Reasons for Reducing U.S. Immigration Back to Traditional Levels (New York: W.W. Norton, 1996). 287 pages.
Huntington, Samuel P. Who Are We: The Challenges to America’s National Identity. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004). 448 pages.
Iceland, John. Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2009). 240 pages.
Kotkin, Joel. The Next 100 Million: America in 2050 (New York: Penguin, 2010). 320 pages.
Portes, Alejandro. Immigrant America: A Portrait (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2006). 460 pages.