Examining the Facts
by Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman
December 2016, 281pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3534-6
$69, 58€, A99
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-3535-3
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Strong feelings about immigration enforcement and policy reform have been a recurring theme in American history.

What are the myths and truths regarding immigration in the United States? This book provides readers with an impartial understanding of the true state of immigration and immigration policy in the United States by refuting falsehoods, misinformation, and exaggerations surrounding this topic—and confirming the validity of other assertions.

Immigration: Examining the Facts provides a one-stop resource for straight answers on the impact—both positive and negative—of immigration trends on the United States. Its coverage of key issues serves students as well as members of the general public who want to better understand immigration trends and their effect on various aspects of American society. By utilizing quantifiable information from objective, authoritative sources, readers will be able to make informed judgments about immigration claims made by both liberals and conservatives.

The book analyzes specific claims about immigration that are perpetuated through media or public discourse, identifies the origins of these claims, and then offers empirical data from impartial research sources to consider the veracity of those claims. Organized into subject chapters, each of which addresses assertions about specific immigration topics, this resource gives students and other users the tools to gain a more accurate understanding of the issue, improve their critical thinking skills, and increase their awareness of the views and strategies of political parties, lawmakers, news organizations, and advocacy groups on this important subject.


  • Addresses contemporary rhetoric about immigration with factual information based on reliable, objective empirical data
  • Presents immigration-related statistics in an easy-to-read format that allows readers to quickly find answers to specific questions
  • Fosters a more accurate understanding of the immigration issue and provides readers with opportunities to apply critical thinking skills
Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman, PhD, is an independent scholar studying border and immigration issues. She is the author of Shaping the Immigration Debate: Contending Civil Societies on the US-Mexico Border.


"Definitely recommended for those who want to move beyond political clichés to a more realistic assessment of immigration’s impact on America."—Booklist, May 4, 2017

"Easy to consume and understand, the work offers a detailed table of contents and a comprehensive index, enabling readers to focus on one aspect of the larger topic or start at the beginning and take in the whole scope of the problem. With all sides presented fairly and examined critically, the real story can be told—and heard. Summing Up: Highly recommended. High school through undergraduate students; general public."—Choice, August 1, 2017

"Useful for high school or college projects or for general readers seeking more information on emotionally charged topics."—Library Journal, April 1, 2017

Contemporary Debates

Each title in the Contemporary Debates series examines the veracity of controversial claims or beliefs surrounding a major political/cultural issue in the United States. The purpose of the series is to give readers a clear and unbiased understanding of current issues by informing them about falsehoods, half-truths, and misconceptions—and confirming the factual validity of other assertions—that have gained traction in America's political and cultural discourse. Ultimately, this series gives readers the tools for a fuller understanding of controversial issues, policies, and laws that occupy center stage in American life and politics.
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