Keep up with immigration issues here:

Huffington Post Latino Voices* * *

Southern Border Communities Coalition* * *

For the latest news from the Border, check out:

Border Beat* * *

See a Custom Map of Migrant Mortality
From the Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants

* * *

Sign the Evangelical Statement
for Immigration Reform Today

 * * *

Keep up with happenings at Puente through:

Puente enewsletter* * *

Below are some articles and books that offer a deeper look at the complex issues behind immigration in the U.S. today.

ARC_Report_on Shattered_Families_Nov. 2011

Research and Studies:

How long is the immigration ‘line’? As long as 24 years.

New Report Shows That Border Benchmarks Already Have Been Met

Why Immigration Reform Won’t Increase Government Spending

The Economic Benefi­ts of Naturalization for Immigrants and the Economy

Infographics:

Setting the Record Straight on Immigration and Border Enforcement

How Millions Could Get Cut Out of Immigration Reform

Legalize Who?: A Portrait of the 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

Economic Benefits Of Immigration Reform Outweigh Costs

Important Books

The Death of Josseline by Margaret Regan
Traveling back and forth across the border, Regan visits migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and rides shotgun with Border Patrol agents in Arizona, hiking with them for hours in the scorching desert; she camps out in the thorny wilderness with No More Deaths activists and meets with angry ranchers and vigilantes. Using Arizona as a microcosm, Regan explores a host of urgent issues: the border militarization that threatens the rights of U.S. citizens, the environmental damage wrought by the border wall, the desperation that compels migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead in Arizona’s morgues.

They Take Our Jobs by Aviva Chomsky
Claims that immigrants take Americans’ jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of the most common assumptions and beliefs underlying statements like “I’m not against immigration, only illegal immigration” and challenges the misinformation in clear, straightforward prose. Engaging and fresh, this book will challenge common assumptions about immigrants, immigration, and U.S. history.

Illegal People by David Bacon
For two decades David Bacon has documented the connections between labor, migration, and the global economy. In Illegal People he explains why our national policy produces even more displacement, migration, immigration raids, and an increasingly divided and polarized society. Arguing for a sea change in how we think, debate, and legislate about and around immigration, Bacon promotes a human rights perspective in a globalized world.

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher
Over the past decade, Mary Pipher has been a great source of wisdom, helping us to better understand our family members. Now she connects us with the newest members of the American family–refugees. In cities all over the country, refugees arrive daily. They come with nothing but the desire to experience the American dream. Their endurance in the face of tragedy and their ability to hold on to the virtues of family, love, and joy are a lesson for Americans. Their stories will make you laugh and weep–and give you a deeper understanding of the wider world in which we live.

The Farmworkers’ Journey by Dr. Ann Aurelia López
Over the course of ten years, Ann Aurelia López conducted a series of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their families along the migrant circuit from Mexico countryside to central California. She deftly weaves their voices together with up-to-date research to portray a world hidden from most Americans–a world of inescapable poverty that has worsened considerably since NAFTA was implemented in 1994. In fact, today it has become nearly impossible for rural communities in Mexico to continue to farm the land sustainably, leaving few survival options except the perilous border crossing to the United States. The book asks: how do corporate agribusiness operate? how do bi-national institutions and laws promote the subjugation of Mexican farm workers? how does migration affect family life? how do genetically modified corn strains pouring into Mexico from the United States  affect farmers? how are migrants facing exploitation from employers?