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The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States

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'Immigration Vocabulary' photo (c) 2006, Wesley Fryer - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

This “The Best…” list is a companion to:

The Best Sites To Learn About Arizona’s New Immigration Law

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship

The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& Its Impact On Schools)

You might want to also check-out the newest Immigration section on my U.S. History Class blog.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

First, I should mention that I have two posts filled with immigration resources on my United States History class blog from three years ago:

The United States And Its Neighbors

Starting A New Life In America

U.S. Immigration Policy is an interactive timeline from MSNBC.

CBS News has an Immigration Interactive that is a bit outdated, but still has a lot of good information.

Here’s another immigration timeline, this time from PBS.

Scholastic has a number of accessible resources on immigration.

“Immigrant Conversations” is a neat interactive from The New York Times where readers, after logging-in, can leave comments about specific aspects of the immigrant debate. It’s much more interesting than that simple description, and is worth a look.

Immigration Slowdown is an interactive infographic from the Wall Street Journal. Here’s the description in its own words:

New U.S. Census data reveal that the number of foreign-born residents of the U.S. declined for the first time since at least 1970. See how the foreign-born population has changed in each state in the map.

The New York Times has a good graphic comparing information on undocumented and documented immigrants, including educational attainment and types of jobs.

The New York Times has published the Immigration Explorer. It shows — by geography and time period — where immigrants from various countries have settled in the United States over the past 130 years.

From Ellis Island To Orchard Street is a simulation from the Tenement Museum in New York City. In the online interactive, users play the role of an early immigrant to the United States.

Coming To America is an interactive graphic from GOOD Magazine.

Who Is Coming to America? is another graphic from GOOD.

Learning About U.S. Immigration With The New York Times comes from The New York Times Learning Network.

Here are three very simple interactives:

Immigration To The United States

Immigration Interactive

Immigration and Naturalization is an interactive from CBS News.

Specifically for our local area, The Sacramento Bee has published a neat interactive map titled “Interactive: Sacramento’s newest citizens.” It shows the country of origin for all 11,000 of the area’s residents who became naturalized United States citizens in 2008.

The New York Times just published a very good interactive on immigration. It’s a timeline showing the major issues related to immigration reform that have occurred since 2004. They are short “snippets” with images. You can also see editorial responses from The Times for each event.

Immigrant Conversations is a neat New York Times interactive that lets you leave comments (without having to register, it appears) on various elements of the immigration debate — education, Arizona’s law, border protection, immigration reform, etc.

I’m glad I found the interactive, but I was very disturbed the the article that accompanied it. It is how the Obama administration is stepping-up efforts to get undocumented immigrants fired from jobs — before a bill is passed that would give them a path towards citizenship.

Original Republicans Were Cool With Anchor Babies (from Miller-McCune) is, by far, the best piece I have seen on the ridiculous idea of removing the right of birthright citizenship from undocumented families. It would need to be modified to be accessible to ELL’s.

A new report has just been issued by the Center For American Progress. It’s called “Assimilation “

Here’s how Citizenship News describes it:

The Center for American Progress has put out a report on immigrant trends related to several accepted benchmarks of assimilation: attainment of citizenship, home ownership, English language proficiency, job status, and income.

Here are some highlights:

Immigrants, whether from higher or lower starting points of social and economic attainment, have been integrating at high rates since 1990.

Naturalization has increased …at a fast rate, from below 10 percent in 1990 to 56 percent by 2008, a substantial achievement given the constraints of federal citizenship law…

The Los Angeles Times has a series of good photos related to crossing the U.S./Mexico border.

eJournal USA is a regular publication of the United States Department of State. I’m not entirely clear who the intended audience is for the publication, but the issues seem to offer a variety of useful material for teachers. They’d have to be modified, though, to be made accessible to English Language Learners. Recent issues include ones on Becoming American: Beyond The Melting Pot and Refugees Building New Lives In The United States.

10 Myths About Immigration is a nice short piece from Teaching Tolerance.

First Person American is a neat website that has some resources now, but won’t be completely operational until July 4th. It has multimedia recounting the travels of modern immigrants to the United States. In addition, if you are somehow connected to an immigrant, but aren’t one yourself, you can share cultural-related memories.

Interesting “Take” On Why We Need Immigrants

People Movin is a fascinating interactive infographic on world migration trends. Even though it’s not exclusively about the United States, I’m still adding it to this list.

Migrations Map shows world migration patterns.

Measuring the U.S. Melting Pot is an interactive map from Bloomberg. It shows the distribution of ethnic heritages county-by-county across the United States.

Immigration Stories of Yesterday and is an interactive timeline from Scholastic.

The Beneficial Impact Of Immigrants

Faces of immigration is a Washington Post slideshow.

Immigration, The Gold Mountain And A Wedding Photo is from NPR.

Picturing the Remnants of Anti-Chinese Violence is from The New York Times.

Great Immigration Infographics — For Each State!

Refugee Hotel: Strangers in a Strange Land is a photo gallery from TIME.

The changing state of US ethnicity is an excellent animated infographic from The BBC.

Immigration Law in America is a Wall Street Journal interactive.

A Nation of Immigrants Curriculum comes from La Guardia Community College.

The state of U.S. immigration is a very well-done and informative interactive infographic from The Washington Post. Plus, there are links on its page to several other useful Post immigration resources.

Pathways to America: Teaching About Immigration Changes is a very thorough lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network.

I’m embedding below a pretty interesting interactive showing the impact of migrants’ remittances (the monies they send back to families in their native countries) around the world. It’s based on World Bank data. Even though it doesn’t quite fit, I’m adding it to this list:

A Nation Built for Immigrants is from The Wall Street Journal.

Text to Text | ‘Enrique’s Journey’ and ‘In Trek North, First Lure Is Mexico’s Other Line’ is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Migrant Trail is a game from PBS. Here’s how they describe it:

The Migrant Trail is a video game that introduces players to the hardships and perils of crossing the Sonora Desert. Players have the chance to play as both migrants crossing the desert from Mexico to the United States and as U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the desert. As migrants, players are introduced to the stories of the people willing to risk their lives crossing the unforgiving Sonoran desert to reach America. By playing as Border Patrol agents, players see that the job goes beyond simply capturing migrants to helping save lives and providing closure for families who lost loved ones in the desert.

Through the use of real-time resource management and by integrating characters, stories, and visuals from the film, The Undocumented, with intense gameplay choices, The Migrant Trail gives players another way to experience and understand the human toll of our border policies.

From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century shows some interesting maps from The Pew Center. Here it is as a GIF:

Welcome.us invites people to share their immigration stories and to celebrate June as Immigrant Heritage Month:

US Immigration: Why did they move to America? is a nice lesson for English Language Learners. It’s from Absolute English.

3 maps that explain America is from Vox. Two of the are pretty interesting and regard immigration.

Suggestions are welcome…

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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