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Immigrants In United States: Welcome

Library topic and research guide for the immigrant experience in United States


This guide is intended to provide some general information about social justice, along with anti-racism, and the immigrant experience in the United States.  Also included are resources and information for allyship. This guide is a living resource: the contents are not exhaustive nor are they complete. We will add to the guide on a regular basis. Resource suggestion are encouraged. 

Key Findings about US Immigrants

The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2017. The population of immigrants is also very diverse, with just about every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants. (Pew Research Center)

What If You Were An Immigrant?

37 Maps That Explain Immigration

American politicians, and Americans themselves, love to call themselves a nation of immigrants: a place where everyone's family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has managed to maintain that self-image through the forced migration of millions of African slaves, restrictive immigration laws based on fears of "inferior" races, and nativist movements that encouraged immigrants to assimilate or simply leave.

But while the reality of America's immigrant heritage is more complicated than the myth, it's still a fundamental truth of the country's history. It's impossible to understand the country today without knowing who's been kept out, who's been let in, and how they've been treated once they arrive.

Immigrants and Their Children