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Immigrants & Refugees

Documentaries

9500 Liberty  produced by Eric Byler Annabel Park. Follows the landmark city council decision in Prince William County characterizing immigration relations in Northern Virginia and many other regions experiencing new waves of immigration.

TV Shows

“Immigration,” from the F/X Series, “30 Days,” aired 7/26/06

Lending a Hand to Refugees in America,” CBS Sunday Morning, October 23, 2011 Story about refugees in Clarkston, Georgia and a soccer team that they’ve formed, the Fugees

Web Resources

Teach Immigration, resources from Long Island Public Schools (statistics and background information about immigration)

Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.

Articles, Books and Audio

Life Under Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law,” Newsweek.com, February 6, 2012

Families Broken Up as Immigrants Flee Alabama, National Public Radio, October 24, 2011

International Rescue Committee’s suggested books and films about refugees and US refugee resettlement

Drop the I Word, about the importance of positive language for immigrants

What is the What, Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s, 2006.  From Publishers Weekly: “Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of this engrossing epic, was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war-the bloodbath before the current Darfur bloodbath-of the 1980s and 90s. In this fictionalized memoir, Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) makes him an icon of globalization.”

Reap What You Sow, Ira Glass This American Life, January 27, 2012. Summary: “Alabama’s new immigration law aims to make life so difficult for illegal immigrants that they will “self-deport.” And in a way it’s working. Immigrants are fleeing Alabama…but not just the undocumented ones. This and other stories of people living with the unintended consequences of their decisions.”

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