As part of our “Resources for Your Summer Research” blog series, we’re here to help you further your own research with resources to focus on your scholarship. Here are a few titles that continue to shape key questions and ideas regarding current issues of immigration.

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Family Separation

Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families by Joanna Dreby

“Dreby’s work represents an important contribution to chronicling the impacts of policy on migrant lives, especially taking into account the perspective of children.”—Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR)

Read more on Joanna’s thoughts on people’s fears due to family separation and the fears that children feel when their parents are deported.





Whose Child Am I?: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody by Susan J. Terrio

“A powerful and timely exposure of the institutional violence suffered by migrant minors in federal custody who are being detained under two competing agendas—mandatory detention in custodial facilities and removal proceedings in immigration courts. . . . Whose Child Am I? underscores the imperative of immigration reform for both practical and humanitarian reasons.”—New York Journal of Books

Read more from Susan on who are the lost children and what migrant life is like for children.



Policing, and Detention

Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United State by Jenna M. Loyd and Alison Mountz

“We have been waiting for this book. Loyd and Mountz bring together multiple histories crucial to understanding U.S. practices of migrant detention and imprisonment. This book should be required reading for anyone invested in challenging the criminalization of migrants and the escalating violence of U.S. policing and imprisonment regimes.”—A. Naomi Paik, author of Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II




Protect, Serve, and Deport:The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement by Amada Armenta

“Local police and sheriffs are increasingly involved in identifying and reporting suspected illegal immigrants, assuming the role of junior partners in federal immigration enforcement in many communities. How do they feel about the deportation implications of their work? Armenta artfully weaves participants’ justifications for their actions with her own scholarly analysis, finding that bureaucratic priorities, relevant laws, and local norms all help officers distance themselves from the frequently grave consequences of their work.”—Doris Marie Provine, Arizona State University

Amada’s book is a finalist for Society for the Study of Social Problems’ 2017 C. Wright Mills Award, to be awarded this August.


Read more about the toll of removing temporary protected status for immigrants. And use the Immigration Syllabus: UC Press Edition for additional scholarly resources and as potential course books in the upcoming fall and spring semesters.