Undocumented Immigrants in the United States
An Encyclopedia of Their Experience
by Anna Ochoa O'Leary, Editor
February 2014, 884pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38424-0
$198, £153, 173€, A272
eBook Available: 978-0-313-38425-7
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Undocumented immigrants have become a part of the fabric of the United States.

This two-volume reference work addresses the dynamic lives of undocumented immigrants in the United States and establishes these individuals' experiences as a key part of our nation's demographic and sociological evolution.

This two-volume work supplies accessible and comprehensive coverage of this complex subject by consolidating the insights of hundreds of scholars who have studied the issues of undocumented immigration in the United States for years. It provides a historical perspective that underscores the exponential growth of the undocumented population in the last three decades and presents a more nuanced, more detailed, and therefore more accurate portrait of undocumented immigrants than is available in general media. Also included are recommended resources that will serve researchers seeking more information on topics regarding undocumented immigrants.


  • Offers a comprehensive, contemporary portrait of undocumented immigrants living in the United States
  • Provides timely insights about struggles for inclusion and the many diverse and valuable contributions to the fabric of American society
  • Presents evidence-based information that can help promote rational assessment of the issues arising from irregular immigration in the United States
  • Illuminates issues of undocumented immigrant assimilation and adaptation, especially as they affect subsequent generations in their quest for the American Dream
  • Shows immigration and border enforcement issues that challenge the lives of those present in the United States without authorization
  • Offers a way to compare regions and different contexts within a geographically vast and culturally diverse United States
  • Supplies a reference set ideal for upper high school and undergraduate students as well as the general public
Anna Ochoa O'Leary, PhD, is assistant professor at the Mexican American Studies Department and coordinator of the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. Her published works include Chicano Studies: The Discipline and the Journey and Unchartered Terrain: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics. Her Fulbright research on the border crossing experiences of immigrant women has resulted in numerous publications. O'Leary holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona.


"Overall, this set is a good introduction to the vast number of issues related to undocumented immigration to the United States. . . . Recommended."—Choice, August 1, 2014
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