For this installment of the Beloved Community, we share information from the Welcome to America team of the Pima County Library that was distributed by email on August 16. Links include information on the U.S. immigration system and books with stories of immigrants and their experience in the U.S.
How the immigration system works
The American Immigration Council’s article, Who Enforces Immigration Policy, Anway?, is interesting and informative. It addresses the role of federal, state, and local governments and Department of Homeland Security sub-agencies such as the Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
About the American Immigration Council:
We work to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration. We work towards a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.
Books to See the World Through New Eyes
- Illegally Yours: A Memoir by Rafael Agustin
- Immigrant Innovators: 30 Entrepreneurs Who Made A Difference by Samantha Chagollan
- Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story by Mazie Hirono
- Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen
- When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago
- A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious by Roya Hakakian
- This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta
Book for Children
Danbi Leads the School Parade
According to the publisher, “Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn’t know the rules and just can’t get anything right. Luckily, she isn’t one to give up. Danbi…learns to navigate her two cultures and realizes that when you open your world to others, their world opens up to you.