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Undocumented Students: Resources & Research: Web Resources

Websites for Researching Undocumented Americans

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Describes recent legal challenges to anti-immigration legislation as well as facts and perspectives on detention, enforcement and other current issues.

College Board: Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students, a detailed directory and guide for high school and college students seeking information about their current rights and benefits relating to education, citizenship and more. Compiled by Alejandra Ricon.

California Community College Dreamers Project. The Project "aims to help the Chancellor’s Office and the 114 California Community Colleges effectively serve undocumented students, especially in light of recent changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and tense political climate for immigrants... and seeks to lay the groundwork for a longer-term program to implement strategies that will meet undocumented students’ needs.

Harvard University Library: A timeline including historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.

Immigrants Rising: Transforming Lives through Education. "We empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. We envision an America where all young people can pursue and complete an education with confidence and without constraint. Our work is driven by and for undocumented young people. Those most affected by unequal access to opportunities, rights and resources must be at the center of designing and moving forward solutions for the betterment of all. Undocumented young people are powerful leaders who develop long-term partnerships with committed and capable allies in order to realize common goals. Our work is community and relationship-based. Our community is strong, inclusive, and diverse. We create a safe and accepting environment where undocumented young people and allies develop sustaining relationships, take risks, heal, and inspire one another. We focus on undocumented young people’s assets. Undocumented young people are a vibrant force in U.S. culture, economy, and society. We build on individual and collective strengths in order to secure the resources necessary to learn and thrive. We believe personal transformation fuels broader systemic change. Undocumented young people inspire entire communities. Individual successes increase understanding, change policies, and open up access and opportunity for all. We embrace and nurture the whole person. Undocumented young people are multi-dimensional with intersectional identities. We strive for wholeness, including physical and emotional wellbeing, in order to achieve personal goals and healing. We are innovative and persistent. We are nimble and responsive to what is happening on the ground. We look for the road not yet taken and pursue creative ideas to address complex social needs. Whatever obstacles are in our way, we persist. We break down barriers to education and career to create possibilities for today’s undocumented young people. We take the long view. While we focus on today’s undocumented young people, we strive for solutions that will increase educational success and open up career opportunities for future generations of undocumented young people as well."

Mexican Border Crossing Records (National Archives): Keeping statistics on alien arrivals at U.S. land borders was not required by early immigration acts. Thus, statistical treatment of Canadian and Mexican border immigrants at times has differed from that of other immigrants. When records of arrivals began to be kept at the Canadian border in 1895 and at the Mexican border, ca. 1906, the immigration authorities found it impractical to collect arrival information on lists as they did for ship passengers. Therefore, separate cards or "card manifests" for each person were used instead. These cards contained the same information as that collected on traditional ship passenger arrival lists, such as full name, age, sex, marital status, occupation, point of arrival in the United States, and final destination.

Pew Research Hispanic Center: Another well-organized site with immigration related articles, statistics and surveys relating to Hispanics residing in the U.S. PRHC is a nonpartisan research organization that does not take positions on er Crossing Recordspolicy issues.

Unidos (formerly National Council of La Raza: Well-organized web site from this policy focused organization provides extensive annotated lists of NCLR publications for sale, news briefs on immigration, and an annotated list of other Web sites of interest. In English; includes search engine.