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IMMIGRATION INFORMATION

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services >
Includes forms, definitions, services and more.

U.S. Census Bureau >
An overview of immigration and "Foreign-Born Population" data is indexed on this page.

The Urban Institute: America 's Immigrants >
This social policy organization provides research, reports and briefs on immigration in America.

Issues2000.org: On The Issues >
Details American politicians' stances on immigration issues.

NewsHour Online: Immigration Reform >
A look at the heated debate about immigration reform in California.

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RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS

The New Americans Series Guide and Activity Book >
Educational and cultural competency tool for the classroom and professional development; designed for educators, health and mental health care providers.

Living American.com >
A practical resource for "living, working, and playing in America."

Cultural Orientation Resource Center: Resources for Newcomers >
Develops accessible materials to help refugee newcomers understand fundamental aspects of life in the U.S.

U.S. Committee for Refugees >
An organization committed to defending the rights of all uprooted people. The site includes research reports and statistics.

Harvard University: The Pluralism Project >
Helps Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach and resources.

Building the New American Community >
A project to foster and identify the elements of successful integration-to understand what that means, what works, what doesn't work and why.

Immigrant and Refugee Services of America >
Manages education and assistance programs that help refugees resettle in the U.S.

National Immigration Law Center >
A national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low - income immigrants and their families.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights >
A national organization composed of local coalitions, which serves as a forum to share information, educate and develop plans of action.

American Immigration Lawyers Association >
An organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society.

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THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

Doctors Without Borders: Visit a Refugee Camp >
This online companion to the traveling exhibit features an interactive journey into daily life in a refugee camp.

Migrations: Photo essay by Sebastião Salgado >
This photo essay by the acclaimed Brazilian photographer depicts refugees, migrants and displaced persons in 41 countries.

Well-Founded Fear >
An interactive Web site that places the user inside the U.S. office of Immigration and Naturalization Services.

Life 360: The Immigrant Experience >
View a slide show about Ellis Island, highlighted with facts and historical photographs.

The City/La Ciudad >
Presents four vignettes depicting the struggles of Latin American immigrants in New York City.

Taxi Dreams: Meet the Cabbies >
Follows the stories of five immigrants trying to make a living in New York City driving taxis.

Mai's America >
A young Vietnamese girl leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in rural Mississippi.

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience in America >
Bill Moyer's special explores this dramatic portion of America 's history and confronts myths about the Chinese in America.

Suggested Readings about the Immigrant Experience

Abinader, Elmaz. 1997. Children of the Roojme: A Family's Journey. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Faderman, Lillian with Ghia Xiong. 1998. I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience. Boston: Beacon.

Galarza, Ernesto. 1971. Barrio Boy. New York: Ballantine Books.

Gillan, Jennifer and Maria M., Eds. Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American. 1999. New York: Penguin.

Jen, Gish. 1992. Typical American. New York: Plume Books.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies. 1999. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. [Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for fiction]

Lee, Gus. 1991. China Boy. New York: Dutton Books.

Marshall, Paule. 1959. Brown Girl, Brownstones. Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press.

Martinez, Ruben. 2002. Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt & Company.

Rodriguez, Richard. 1982. Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. New York: Bantam Books.

Rodriguez, Luis. 1994. Always Running: La Vida Loca. Carmichael, CA: Touchstone Books.

Santiago, Esmeralda. 1994. When I Was Puerto Rican. New York: Vintage Books.

Stoller, Paul. Jaguar: A Story of Africans in America. 1999. University of Chicago Press.

Tan, Amy. 1989. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Putnam's Publishing Company.

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TRACING FAMILY HISTORY

PBS: Ancestors >
Presents a case study and step-by-step guide for researching immigration records.

American Family Immigration History Center >
Ellis Island 's Web site has searchable online records and the "Immigrant Experience" timeline and stories.

Cyndi's List of Geneology Sites on the Internet >
Exhaustive lists and links for finding one's roots.

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