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5 Books to Make You Re-Think Immigration

By November 30, 2010No Comments

By Ju

New Organizing Project blogger


As you might know, December is Read a New Book Month. So, the time is especially ripe to pick up a new book from your local library or bookstore.

If you have trouble finding the “right” book or need a recommendation, don’t worry, that is just what this Tuesday’s post is about.

Below, I have listed five books on immigration that I have read so far. I haven’t ranked them, and just listed them by each author’s last name. Whether you are engaged in immigration issues or not, they are worthwhile and interesting reads.

1) Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible – M. Daniel Carroll R.

If you are looking for a Christian perspective on immigration issues, this author insightfully explores immigration through Biblical scriptures and ideas.











2) Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration – Bill Ong Hing

Do you want to learn more about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the European Union policy? How about the relationship between the US and Mexico? Are you looking for possible solutions to fix broken immigration system?

I’m a big fan of Professor Bill Ong Hing, so I strongly recommend you read this book. Throughout the book, Professor Hing talks about globalization, policies and laws, and eventually ties them all into immigration issues. In the end, Professor Hing argues that a possible solution to fix our broken immigration system is by adopting policies similar to the European Union.  











3) Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out – Gabriela Madera

This student publication, Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out, features the growing student movement around access to higher education for undocumented students.











4) We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream – William Perez

Similar to Underground Undergrads, this book is a collection of inspiring stories of sixteen young undocumented students, which spans high schools, community colleges and universities.  Some of the stories are heartbreaking, yet they are also inspiring and eye-opening stories of the struggles of undocumented students.  Furthermore, the book concentrates on three basic arguments: economic, social, and moral. The book talks about how we as a society, should provide a pathway to legalization for young undocumented students, specifically through the DREAM Act.











5)  Devil’s Highway – Luis Alberto Urrea

In this book, the author writes about the journeys, both physical and emotional, of undocumented immigrants who cross the border. The book is based on the true story of 26 Mexican immigrants who attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadly region known as the Devil’s Highway.