Issues of international migration and the integration of immigrants and refugees are among the most compelling and controversial issues of the twenty-first century. The purpose of this course is to give students an introduction to some important issues and complexities that characterize the U.S. immigration process and policies. It will also focus on proposals for immigration reform as well as expose students to various policy experts in and outside of government as well as community organizations that are integrally involved with immigrant communities and the immigration process.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

• Develop an understanding of the historical configuration of immigrant flows into the United States and the nature of related policies

• Explore critical issues that are integral to an understanding of the contemporary policy debates

• Further an understanding of the challenges of diverse policy arenas and the changing global environment

• Encourage students to engage with and develop an awareness of immigrant communities (such as Langley Park) in the surrounding university environment

• Encourage student to compare and contrast their views and arguments with those provided by others, as well as make their own recommendations

Assignments include:

• Interact with government officials and policy experts; organizers and representatives of NGOs such as CASA de Maryland in the surrounding immigrant community

• Develop op-ed pieces and policy memos

• Participate in meaningful class discussions. Each student is required to lead at least one class discussion on the assigned reading(s) of the day

• Read newspapers, visit Internet sites, etc. to keep current with immigration issues in the U.S.

• Participate in group debates. Students will be divided into debate teams with specific guidelines for the oral presentations

Readings include:

Andreas, Peter. Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000, Pp 3-14 & 85-114

Borjas. Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999, Excerpts

Chavez, Leo R. The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008, Introduction & selected chapters

Chomsky, Aviva. “They Take Our Jobs!”: and 20 Other Myths about Immigration. Boston: Beacon Press Books, 2007, Excerpts

Cornelius, Wayne, A. Martin & Hollifield (eds.), Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 2nd ed. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004, Chapters 1 & 2

D’Appollonia, Ariane Chebel & Simon Reich, Eds. Managing Ethnic Diversity after 9/11: Integration, Security, and Civil Liberties in Transatlantic Perspective, Newark: Rutgers University Press, 2010, Excerpts

Davy, Megan, Deborah Meyers, & Jeanne Batalova, ‘Who Does What in U.S. Immigration’;

Ewing, Walter A. Opportunity and Exclusion: A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Policy, Immigration Policy Center, 2008

Foner, Nancy & George Frederickson (eds.) Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004, Introduction, Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 17

Gabaccia, Donna R. and Vicki L. Ruiz (eds.) American Dreaming, Global Realities: Rethinking U.S. Immigration History, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006, Excerpts

Hing, Bill Ong. Defining America Through Immigration Policy. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004, Excerpts

Hing, Bill Ong. “Between two Americas: In the post-Sept. 11 era, state and local governments are being forced to choose sides on the immigrant rights debate”, Colorlines Magazine: Race, Action, Culture, Fall, 2004

Massey, Douglas, Durand & Malone. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration, New York: Sage Publications, 2002

Matthews, Mark. Immigration Bedevils State Lawmakers,

Min, Pyong Gap. Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press. 2006. Pp 1-31

National Conference of State Legislatures, 2006 State Legislation Related to Immigration: Enacted, Vetoed, and Pending Gubernatorial Action

Portes, Alejandro & Josh DeWind, eds., Rethinking Migration: New Theoretical Perspectives, NewYork: Berghahn Books, 2007, Chapters 1-3 & 13

Zolberg, Aristide R. A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006, Selected chapters

Selected Websites:

U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory, with links to all agencies that have Web sites:

Migration Policy Institute —

America’s Program: Border Information Clearinghouse, provides links, statistics, government documents, statements by nongovernmental organizations, and a database of immigration-oriented activists.