The Politics of Immigration

Jim Bolner, Sr. ~ Spring, 2016


Thursdays ~ March 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5
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I. The History of Migration, Emigration, and Immigration

    Defining Terms and Concepts 

    Human Nature and the Search for Resources

    Great Human Migrations: Out of Africa and Beyond


II. Who Migrates, Emigrates, and Immigrates Today: Why, Where, and How?

     Migration of Populations

     The Geography of Migration

     Motivations and Methods of Migration


III. United States Immigration Policy: Past and Present

      How United States Immigration Policy is Made

      United States Immigration Timeline

      Models of Integration: Melting Pot, Salad Bowl, Mosaic


 IV. The Immigration Crisis in Europe: Historical Background

      Islam and Europe: Setting the Scene

      Imperialism, Colonialism, and Violence

      Islam and Europe: a Clash of Civilization


V.  The Causes of the European Immigration Crisis

     The Failed Regimes of the Middle East

      Extreme Theocracy versus Consumerism

      Islamic Extremism: Understanding Jihad


VI. Some Proposals for Addressing the European Immigration Crisis

     Realistic Proposals: Reforming Islam

     Unrealistic Proposals: Toward World Government


                      RESOURSES ON THE INTERNET




The New Colossus --by Emma Lazarus (1883)


Oral Argulement in United States v. Texas --Discussion - Marcia Coyle - from PBS Newshour, April 18, 2016

Oral Argument in United States v. Texas --from


Oral Argument in United States v. Texas --from CSPANN

Oral Argument in United States v. Texas --from


Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956 to the Present --from American Immigration Council


TracImmigration --from Syracuse University

5 Facts About Illegal Immigration --from the PEW Research --NN

Judicial Challenge to President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration --from USA Today

U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral argument in the Deferred Action Case --April, 2016


Everything You Need to Know About the Challenge to President Obama's Action on  Immigration --from


World Population Clock --from the U.S. Census Bureau


Illegal Immigrant Population Clock --from

Immigration Regulations - from the Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Visas - from the Department of State
Categories of Visas - from the Department of State
The H1B (Work) Visa 


DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals --from the Citizenship and Immigration Services
Historical imeline of Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States --from

Christopher Heath Wellman, "Immigration" -Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

Human Evolution --from the TED Radio Hour, March 4, 2016 

Explore Immigration Data-  --NN 

"Cultual Mosaic" --from Wikipedia 

Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World - from the Bradshaw Foundation NN

The Genographic Project - from National Geographic NN

The Human Journey: Migration Routes - from National Geographic NN
Who Migrates? --from Digital History

The Great Human Migratiom" Why Humans Left Their African Homeland 80,000 Years Ago to Colonize the World
The Root Causes of Migration  --from

Explore Immigation Data --from Scholastic --NN 

Illegal Immigration Profile

Immigration - from the Library of Congress

How the U.S. Immigration System Works --NN

Immigration and Nationality - from the United States Code (Title 8, chapter 12)

Migration and Citizenship - American Political Science Association Syllabus Bank 

Article I, section 8, clause 4 - "...uniform rules of naturalization.." - from the 

Immigration: An Overview of the Constitutional Law - from Cornell LII NN 

President Obama's Actions on Immigration--NN 
Executive Action on Immigration

Court Action on President Obama's Actions on Immigration  --from The Washington Post, January 21, 2016

"Naturalization" - from the Heritage Foundation 

Major U.S. Immigration Laws, 1790-Present --from the Migration Policy Institute --NN

Basics of Naturalization --from Findlaw

E-Verify  NN

Department of Homeland Security - Organizational Chart  NN
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Organizational Chart   

Immigration and Naturalization - (Annotation) - from the Cornell Legal Information Institute
Immigration - Overview and Materials - from Cornell Legal Information Institute

Annotation of Article I, section 8, clause 4 - from

Immigration Law - from   

Immigration Impact - a liberal group 

Center for Immigration Studies - a conservative  group  

U. S. Census Bureau --main page
[Page displaying search results for "Undocumented Aliens 2012"]

Naturalization and Citizenship - from Findlaw  

Immigration - from the Library of Congress

Citizenship Test - from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services

Gallup Poll - Immigration 

PEW Research Center - Immigration 

Immigration Law - from Siskind Susser Immigration Law Firm  

What the Constitution (and the Courts) Say About Immigration - from the Annotated Constitution
Scroll down to page 275.

United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1897)  

Where We Came From and Where We Went To, State by State - from The New York Times, August 19, 2014
Mapping Migration Within the U.S. - from The New York Times, August 15, 2014

What are the Solutions to Illegal Immigration in the United States? - from

ICE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement   

USCIS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 

Executive Office of Immigration Revew - in the Department of Justice
In U.S. Government Manual - Scroll down to page 249.
Executive Office of Immigration Review- Court Listing 

Illegal Immigrant Population Clock --from

PEW- PEW Research Center Studies Relating to Immigration
Immigration Attitudes
Immigration Trends 
What We Know About Illegal Immigration from Mexico 
2015 Report

Three Decades of Mass Immigration: The Legacy of the 1964 Immigration Act - from the Center for Immigration Studies  

Stories About Immigration - from National Public Radio   


Note: You will find interesting and valuable resources relating to contemporary immigration problems
on the webpage devoted to "Understanding Terrorism." 

"Cultural Mosaic" --from Wikipedia

French Problems with Immigrants from Syria - October, 2015   

Canadian Government Refugee Services  

London Shariah Council - from Wikipedia  

Executive Actions on Immigration Have Long History - from the PEW Research Center  --NN

Immigration Into the United States - from Infoplease

Catastrophic Moral Failures as Rich Countries Leave Millions to Cruel and Uncertain Fates - from Amnesty International
February, 2015


UN High Commission on Refugees --UNHCR

United Nations News Centre 
UN News Centre - Report on recent migration
UN News Centre - Refugees and Migrants in 2015
UN News Centre - Update on Migrants' Day
International Organization for Migration - A private organization

European Court Proceeding in the Case of the Turkish Political Party Which Wanted
to Introduce Shariah Law in Turkey
 - (May, 1998) - Scroll down to Page 275 for the English version.

List of Sanctuary Cities in the U.S. - from Apsan Law Firm 
Another List --from
Sanctuary Cities --from the Center for Immigration Studies

Uncodumented Immigrant Children in the United States --from The Washington Post, December, 2015

Immigration Facts - from the Federation for American Immigration Reform 

Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigrants on the United States - from the Federation for American Immigration Reform - 2013

Donald Trump's Immigration Proposals - October, 2015 

Plyler v. Doe (1982) - The Case
Plyler v. Doe (1982) - from Wikipedia - A (conservative) website dedicated to the immigration debate

Haeyoun Park, "Paris Attacks Intensify Debate Over How Many Syrian Refugees to Allow
Into the U.S.,"
 - from The New York Times, November 19, 2015 

"America Should Reclaim Its Role as a Beacon for Those Fleeing Persecution and War"
 --from The Economist, October 14, 2015

How to Solve the Immigration Crisis - from The Economist - February, 2016

TED Talks on "Refugees" - December 2, 2015

"Hoover, Truman, and Ike - Mass Deporters?
" - from 

Retracing Slavery's Trail of Tears - from The Smithsonian

Muslim Resettlement Problems - Video

This Map Shows How Big Europe's Immigration Crtisis Really Is - from 

Schengen Area --from

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "Why Islam Needs a Reformation" - from The Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2015

UN 1951 Convention on Refugees and Its 1957 Protocol

EU-Turkey Deal --March 8, 2016
EU-Turkey Plan to Deal With the Immigration Crisis 
EU-Turkey Migration Plan Won't Stop Migration, But It Could Make it More Dangerous --from 
the Huffington Post, March 16, 2016
Migrant Crisis: Turkey and EU Reach Deal on Return --from the BBC 

European Union Timeline --from the BBC 

European Immigrant Crisis --from Wikipedia (2015) 

Asylum Statistics --from Eurostat

Sectarian Divisions in the Middle East --from Stratfor

European Union and Euro Zone --from

Migration --from Great Decisions 
Another View --from Great Decisions

Migration Crisis Spawns Far-Right Leader's Rise --from The New York Times, March 10, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration and Assimilation -PDF -Word

Italy Rescues 2,500 Migrants Over Two Days --from ABC News, March 16, 2016

More Than One  Million Refugees Travel to Greece Since 2015 --from the UNHCR 

Syrian Regional Refugee Response --from the UNHCR

Syria Situation Map --from UNHCR - Syria War Map -- War Map 

The Toll of Syria's Five-Year War --from USA Today

Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campuses 
--from The Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2016

EU Migration Policy Center --from the European Union

Map of the Western Middle East and Europe --from

Migration Crisis: Migration to Europe Explained in Seven Charts --from the BBC


Latino Immigration to the United States --from the National Park Service


A History of Immigration Into the United States --from


Unaccompanied Children: A Resource Page --from American Immigration Council


James Madison, Federalist No. 10 --from The Federalist Papers

Cokie Roberts, "The Rules Are Not Rigged" --from

UN Action to Counter Terrorism 

United Nations High Commission for Refugees --Mediterranean Region
United Nations Refugee Agency


Robert Kaplan, "How Islam Created Europe" --from The Atlantic, May, 2016


Muslim Population of European Cities --from Wikipedia


5 Facts About the Muslim Population in Europe --from the PEW Foundation

Mapping the Global Muslim Population --from the PEW Foundation


The Sykes-Picot Agreement --from

A Confused Person's Guide to the Syrian Civil War --from The Atlantic, October, 2016


Map of the Islamic Empire --from


Refugees and Migrants --from CNN, April 18, 2016


Map of the Middle East and Europe --from


Turkey-EU Negotiations --May, 4, 2016

The Schengen Area --May 4, 2016


Map of Europe --from Google