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Immigration On the Web
Carol J. Williams, Editor

Carol J. Williams, Editor

Since this issue of BPD Update has the theme of immigration, a brief search of the web was conducted to identify web sites with information about immigration.  Historical and factual information is available along with extensive resource material for those working on immigration issues.  This list is divided into two sections:  Immigration History and Facts and Immigration Resources.  Only government and agency resources were searched in this review. 


There are many for-profit companies that provide immigration services for a fee, but these were not covered in this review.


Immigration History and Facts:


The Census Bureau provides demographic data on immigration at: http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/immigration.html


A second Census Bureau site, “US Foreign-Born Population”, includes Powerpoint Slide Shows at:  http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/foreign.html  This site also provides data tables and reports.


The Library of Congress History of Immigration site traces the history of immigration to the United States for people of various nationalities.  The home page is: http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/introduction.html

The site provides a historical overview of immigration history for various groups:

 - Native American:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/native_american.html

 - African:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/african.html

 - German:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/german.html

 - Irish:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/irish.html

 - Scandinavian:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/scandinavian.html

 - Italian:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/italian.html

 - Japanese:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/japanese.html

 - Mexican:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/mexican.html

 - Chinese:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/chinese.html

 - Puerto Rican/Cuban:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/cuban.html

 - Polish/Russian:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/polish.html

There is a timeline that shows the chronology of these various waves of immigration:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/timeline.html  Lessons and projects are provided to assist in teaching about immigration, including an introduction to oral history:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/resources.html

Finally, there are interviews with various recent individual immigrants from various countries:  http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/interv/toc.php


A related Library of Congress Page, American Memory, provides additional information on American Expansion, African Americans, Native Americans, and Women:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html


The history of Ellis Island can be found at:  http://www.ellisisland.org/


The Jane Addams Hull House Museum has a web site: http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/ with an additional page providing information about Jane Addams:  http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/newdesign/ja.html


Additional web sites were found that trace the history of specific groups:

 - African Diaspora - http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/diaspora.html

 - South Asian Diaspora - http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/SSEAL/SouthAsia/diaspora.html

 - First Nations - http://www.tolatsga.org/Compacts.html


Immigration Resources:


The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (Formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services or INS):  http://www.bcis.gov/ is the US Government’s official site for information on both immigration and citizenship.  (This site was not working at the time this article was written.  It is currently being updated.)


The American Bar Association provides a page of immigration resources located at:  http://www.abanet.org/publiced/focus/immresources.html


The National Immigration Forum provides a variety of resources, posted between March 2000 and January 2007.  These resources explore various recent and current issues related to immigration:  http://www.immigrationforum.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=148


The Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights site (Energy of a Nation:  Immigration Resources) provides both information and resources about legislation and ways to take action on immigration issues:  http://www.immigrationforum.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=148


The Hastings Law Library site provides information on immigration law/case law:  http://library.uchastings.edu/library/Legal%20Research/Research%20Guides/immigrationresources.htm


The Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program provides a variety of resources on current issues and policies at:  http://www.brookings.edu/metro/immigration.htm


The Immigration Legal Resource Center began as a group of volunteer and law students with an interest in immigration.  This site provides extensive information about immigration and offers a listserv for interested readers.  http://www.ilrc.org/

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