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Immigration Research Center


This is not your usual research center.

Rather, it’s an immigrant sharing center.

A place where you can find important reports, brochures, articles, primers, essays, news stories, and studies on immigration issues.

Our goal is simple.

We want to help you and your family better understand different aspects of immigration law in the United States.

These resources should likewise be handy to immigration advocates, students, researchers, and community leaders.

The center is also a work in progress.  When new and important materials are published, we will add them to this list.

If you know of important documents not included here, send us an email about the missing items at

The more information we share with each other, the stronger our fight for immigrant justice will become.

Do not hesitate to click any of the links below and download FREE copies of materials listed below.

Asylum And Refugees

In-Country Refugee Processing In Central America: A Piece Of The Puzzle, Faye Hipsman and Doris Meissner, Migration Policy Institute, August 2015

A Guide To Children Arriving At The Border: Laws, Policies, And Responses, American Immigration Council, June 2015

Citizenship And Naturalization

The Fourteenth Amendment’s Guarantee Of Birthright Citizenship, American Constitutional Society, May 2009

Criminal Convictions And Consequences

The Short Immigration Guide To How Arrests And Convictions Separate Families, Immigrant Justice Network, February 2014

Deportation And Removal

Deportation Of Parents Of U.S.-Born Children, U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement, March 2012

Domestic Violence And Trafficking

Immigration Relief For Vulnerable Populations: Human Trafficking, Crime Victims, Domestic Violence, And Child Abuse, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services, July 2011

Family Unity

The Kids Aren’t Alright – But They Could Be: The Impact Of Deferred Action For Parents Of Americans And Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) On Children, Manuel Pastor, Jared Sanchez, and Vanessa Carter, University Of Southern California, Dornsife Center For The Study Of Immigrant Integration, March 2015

Detained Or Deported: What About My Children? (What To Do If You Can’t Be With Them), Women’s Refugee Commission, June 2014

Immigrant Economic, Population, And Integration Studies

The Foreign-Born Population From Africa: 2008–2012, Christine P. Gambino, Edward N. Trevelyan, And John Thomas Fitzwater, U.S. Census Bureau, October 2014.

Federal Civil Rights Engagement With Arab And Muslim American Communities Post 9/11, U.S. Commission On Civil Rights, September 2014.

State of Asian Americans And Pacific Islanders: A Multifaceted Portrait of a Growing Population, Karthick Ramakrishnan And Farah Z. Ahmad, Center For American Progress, September 2014.

Immigration Court And Immigration Appeals

The Failure Of Immigration Appeals, David Hausman, Stanford University, February 2015

Deportation 101, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, May 2010

Immigration Detention, Bonds, And Holds

The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough And Humane Enforcement, Migration Policy Institute, April 2014

Returning And Arriving Immigrants

Returning To The United States After Deportation: A Guide To Assess Your Elgibility, Center For Human Rights And International Justice, Boston College, August 2011.

Waivers For Immigrants

Recommendations Regarding The Processing Of Waivers Of Inadmissibility, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, June 10, 2010






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