Background Information on Immigration

US Immigration

U.S. Immigration

Increasing global and domestic populations have made immigration a heated issue. While some believe the United States has an obligation to welcome immigrants, others advocate tighter border control. This U.S. Immigration Web Guide offers more information about the issue, from the history of U.S. immigration to current services, U.S. immigration law, and American population statistics and projections. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

Background Information on Immigration

The following sites provide a broad perspective of U.S. immigration, including its history and influence on American society. You’ll also find current U.S. immigration policy and census data on citizenship and population, as well as links to U.S. citizenship and immigration services that provide visa applications and other necessary immigration forms.

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  • The Web sites that offer immigration documents can be a great resource for understanding the process and policy behind U.S. immigration, even if you’re already an American citizen.

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Immigration Organizations

Many organizations are dedicated to U.S. immigration. These groups are valuable sources of information about the different sides of the immigration debate. In addition to official government organizations, you’ll also find the Web sites of both pro- and anti-immigration groups listed below.

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  • As you visit Web sites of organizations that are strongly pro- or anti-immigration, keep in mind that any facts or statistics you read are published to reinforce the group’s agenda. Be sure to double-check the context or accuracy of any data you find from a biased source.

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Resources for Immigration News

U.S. immigration laws are constantly changing and being called into question. Fortunately, there are a number of think tanks, federations and other organizations that specialize in the latest immigration debates and policies: use these resources to keep current on the latest immigration laws, and to stay informed about the subtleties and implications of U.S. immigration policy. You’ll find outlets that offer both objective information as well as organizations with a political bias.

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  • Many of the sites recommended earlier in this guide are also great sources for current immigration information. For example, visit the United States Immigration Support Web site’s “News” section.
  • These organizations usually feature in-depth analysis of immigration issues (often from a legal perspective); you’ll find more concise stories at daily news sources. Newspapers in border states like California, Texas and Arizona often prominently feature articles on immigration. The Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle and the Arizona Republic are good places to get news on border issues.

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