Supplemental Materials

Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate helps students examine the historical and current dimensions of immigration, a topic that has become a key focus of U.S. policy. Through readings and activities, students explore past immigration laws and consider different policy options for the future.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis
In this online lesson, students gain an understanding of the current refugee crisis by mapping data and exploring personal accounts of refugee

Web Links

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services
A U.S government website that offers statistics and information about government policy.

National Immigration Forum
An immigration rights organization that advocates for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees.

Pew Research Center
Links to articles, statistics, and public opinion polls on the topic of immigration.

Southern Poverty Law Center Hatewatch
Reports, articles, profiles, and graphics discussing groups that espouse hate in the United States—including anti-immigration and Islamophobic groups.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Reports, statistics, photos, videos about the UNHCR and refugee experiences.

The U.S Committee for Refugees
Reports and statistics from a refugee advocacy organization.

Podcast: Inside the Writers' Room


Chomsky, Aviva. Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014.

DeSipio, Louis and Rodolfo O. de la Garza. Immigration in the Twenty-First Century: Making Americans, Remaking America. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2015.

FitzGerald, David Scott and David Cook-Martín. Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.

Gonzales, Roberto G. Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2015.

Lee, Robert G and Wanni W. Anderson. Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

White, Michael J. and Jennifer E. Glick. Achieving Anew: How New Immigrants Do in American Schools, Jobs, and Neighborhoods. New York: Russell Sage, 2009.

Zolberg, Aristide D. A Nation By Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.