Contemporary Immigration in America

A State-by-State Encyclopedia

by Kathleen R. Arnold, Editor


One controversial aspect of state law is the "show me your papers" provision.

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February 2015


Pages 998
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics American History/Race and Ethnicity
  American History/General

State and local immigration issues and policies for all 50 states are thoroughly examined in this unique, up-to-date, and accessibly written encyclopedia.

Immigration continues to be a timely and often-controversial subject, particularly regarding legislation at the state level. While many books cover U.S. immigration, both historical and contemporary, few if any reference works examine the role of contemporary immigration in individual states. This two-volume encyclopedia fills that gap. Chapters address legal, social, political, and cultural issues of immigrant groups on a state-by-state basis and explore immigration trends and issues faced by individual ethnic populations.

The encyclopedia will enable students to research the impact, contributions, and issues of immigration for each state to make comparisons between states and regions of the United States and to understand state versus national policies. By combining the history of immigration policy with current information, the work shows readers that many of the issues making news today are the same as those the nation dealt with in past decades. Studying state and local dynamics provide a unique perspective on this history.


  • Offers topical essays on all 50 U.S. states, covering the history of immigration, state and local policies, and the contributions of various ethnic groups
  • Provides readers with a big-picture understanding of immigration activity for each state over the past 50 years
  • Includes chronologies, historical overviews, and topical essays that provide important background and place major events and legislation in context
  • Offers a "notable figures/groups" section with biographical and group profiles highlighting the contributions made by particular individuals and organizations in relation to immigration
Author Info

Kathleen R. Arnold is visiting assistant professor of political science at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, specializing in political theory. Her research interests are statelessness, homelessness, and immigration. Her published works include Homelessness, Citizenship, and Identity: The Uncanniness of Late Modernity; America's New Working Class; and American Immigration After 1996: The Shifting Ground of Political Inclusion.



"Resources that explore immigration on a state level—especially those that survey all 50 states—are rare. . . . Recommended for survey courses at the high school and college level."—Reference Reviews

"This encyclopedia takes a unique approach to a prominent topic capturing the American conversation and conscience. . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates; general readers."—Choice

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