Spring 2019 Immigration Research Page

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Posting format

  • Follow this pattern to post research results and links to this page:
  • Brief description of resource.
  • Link. "[" url space title "]"
  • Your real name


  • This article corrects some misinformation about immigration to Italy. (Pick some of the important facts/claims out of the article and include in this description to save us time.)

Focused Research Questions

From today's class, we will generate a small number of focused research questions for shared research. Here's a starter list, to modify during discussion:

What are the drivers of US immigration?

  • This article illustrates violence as a potential reason for immigration into America. [1]
  • Zach
  • This article gives several very simply and easily comprehended issues to why migrates, specifically from Central America, feel so enticed to leave their homes and attempt migration to America:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2018-06-21/why-are-central-americans-coming-to-the-united-states Kat

  • This article just gives some of the main reasons with a quick summary about each.
  • https://usafacts.org/reports/immigration This article provides us with a general overview of the reasons for why people immigrate to the US; these include: work, family, school, safety, diversity, and unknown. This website also provides us with a wide array of other important information on immigrants, including their demographics. Tessa

What forecasts do experts make about patterns of global human immigration?

Is Frum right about a trend toward economic migration from Central America

  • Kiersten
  • Why is there so much suffering and social disorganization in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatamala (the "Northern Triangle")?
  • This article talks about the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that form a region known as the Northern Triangle. In the 80s, these countries were plagued by civil wars which left behind a legacy of violence. The region is filled with corruption, drug trafficking, and gang violence. They are consistently ranked among the most violent countries in the world. elyse rugee: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/central-americas-violent-northern-triangle
  • This article addresses the amount of people leaving the Northern Triangle, why, and what has caused the violence, and how both those countries and other countries such as the US are responding

What do critics and defenders of asylum law say about it?

  • This article provides information about the asylum law, in the US, such as what the application process is, how long the process is, and how many people are granted asylum.

Overview of US policy on immigration

  • This website informs on how the immigration policy we currently have in the US works and the limit on how many people are intended to come into the country each year based on several criteria. Very clear overview of the system Alfino
  • Ryan Hays
  • Brennan Cronk


  • this article is an interview with Karen Tumlin of the national immigration law center in Los Angeles, which goes over how the US views Civil war and gang violence and what the US's obligations are to people in these scenarios.
  • This article looks at the impact of illegal immigration on our economy.
  • This article looks at the unauthorized immigrant workforce.
  • This article looks at the lawful immigrant demographics and workforce.

International comparative policy

Carolyn Brasch http://proxy.foley.gonzaga.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=23456791&site=ehost-live This article compares different european immigration policies (germany, france, britain, italy..etc) and mentions some U.S. Policy

  • This article provides a general overview of Canadian Immigration policy, at times considering it in contrast to US policies. Some notable points of contrast: accept a much higher percentage of asylum seekers, fewer number of illegal immigrants, much more systems in place for helping immigrants to help welcome and settle immigrants Carolyn Brasch
  • This is Canada's official website on immigration. Lots of information (its a bit spread out) but you can click around and explore the process as it actually is.
  • Brendan Tormey
This article provides a general overview of the immigration policies of Canada, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Sweden and the UK: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130630-immigration-reform-world-refugees-asylum-canada-japan-australia-sweden-denmark-united-kingdom-undocumented-immigrants/ Remy Delplanche
This article compares US immigration policy with Canada, the E.U., Japan, and the Gulf States; specifically, what would it look like if we had systems like theirs? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/16/upshot/comparing-immigration-policies-across-countries.html
  • This article illustrates how Trump plans "crackdown" on individuals with expired visas.