Immigration & Immigrants: a Book List

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about President Trump’s recent immigration ban and his plans to create a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. You may already have strong opinions regarding immigration and I can’t tell you what to think or believe. (Nor would I want to.) What I *can* do is help you find resources so that the views that you adopt and embrace are educated ones.

I’ve collected a list of non-fiction books to give you the facts. There are also a bunch of fiction novels to give you some insight into the lives of immigrants and refugees. The people in these books come from all around the world. Their backgrounds, experiences and struggles are different but they all have one thing in common – a determination to create a better life for themselves and their families.


Immigration: Interpreting the ConstitutionImmigration; Interpreting the Constituion
By Ann Byers
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The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the powers to define who is a citizen and to regulate who can reside in the country. Congress’s exercise of these powers throughout American history has been affected by the beliefs and attitudes as well as the politics and economics of the times.

Asylum Seekers
By Frank Wright
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Explores the history of the asylum process in North America, as well as the step-by-step process by which a person receives asylum. Includes examples of cases in which people have found safe haven in the United States and Canada.

Immigrant Families
By Hilary W. Poole
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This book explores the past and present of immigration most specifically, the challenges that young people experience when they grow up in a culture very different from the one their parents know.

Immigration Reform
Edited by Noel Merino
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Includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives — eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials and many others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to future research.

Undocumented Immigrant YouthUndocumented Immigrant Youth
By Stephen Currie
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includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives — eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials and many others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to future research.


The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star
Yoon, Nikola
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Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

Something in Between
De La Cruz, Melissa
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After learning of her family’s illegal immigrant status, Jasmine realizes that college may be impossible and that deportation is a real threat, uncertainties she endures as she falls for the son of a congressman who opposes an immigration reform bill.

Flowers in the Sky
By Lynn Joseph
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Fifteen-year-old Nina immigrates from the Dominican Republic to New York to live with her older brother and must reconcile the realities of Washington Heights with the dreams of the U.S. her mami envisioned for her

The Book of Unknown AmericansThe Book of Unknown Americans
By Cristina Henriquez
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Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter’s difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

Bilal’s Bread
By X. Sulayman
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After fleeing Iraq, the Abu family have settled in the United States. Salim, the eldest brother, has been deeply damaged by the torture he suffered at the hands of the Iraqi police. At only 16, the youngest son, Bilal, holds the family secrets close, revealing nothing.

Ask Me No Questions
By Marina Tamar Budhos
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Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

Crossing the WireCrossing the Wire
By Will Hobbs
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Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work in the United States to support his family in central Mexico.

Into the Beautiful North
By Luis Alberto Urrea
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. He isn’t the only man who has gone north; in fact, there are almost no men left in the village. Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit some men to protect her hometown from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

The Tortilla Curtain
By T. Coraghessan Boyle
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The lives of two different couples-wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals–suddenly collide,

American Born ChineseAmerican Born Chinese
By Gene Luen Yang
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Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

Check back next week for a list dedicated to Muslim lives in fact and fiction!


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