Thursday, July 31, 2014

Immigrant Children Are First in Court

To stem the tide of children coming across the border from Central America, immigration courts are moving minors (and their parents if they accompany them) to the front of the line within 21 days after the deportation process begins ("Criticism Arises after Children Are Rushed to See Immigration Judges," Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2014). Some say that this expedited legal action does not allow time to locate an attorney and prepare a defense. However, others note that this new policy makes it clear that the courts will uphold immigration laws.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to immigration at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • border security
  • illegal aliens
  • immigrants
  • immigration
Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer by Sylvia Longmire
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
call number: on order
"With practical suggestions for policing the borders, informed by experience on the ground, the book provides an easy, quick, energetic, and nonpartisan introduction to the subject." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail by Oscar Martínez; translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington.
Verso, 2013.
call number: 305.906 Mar
"This searing account of the hardships suffered by Central American migrants headed through Mexico to the United States comes from true shoe-leather reporting." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

The Independent Institute, 2013.
call number: 305.906 Var

“The book first looks at the immigrant experience, which connects the present to the past, and America to the rest of the world, and explores who immigrants are and why they move. It contends that the conduct of today is no different than that in the past, and contrary to the claims by immigration critics, the patterns of contemporary migration do not differ fundamentally from those of other epochs. The book then discusses immigration and culture and tackles assimilation, globalization, and cultural differences.” - publisher summary excerpt

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