Immigration References

The following are optional materials to support our Racial Justice Journey exploring Immigration.  This is not a required reading or activity list; but more along the lines of a library, where you can go at any time and pull a book/movie from the shelf when the spirit moves you.

As to its layout, in the first section there are materials that the Racial Justice Steering Committee highly recommends.  We have selected a movie, an article, and a documentary to choose from; so that each of you can select what form speaks best to you.  Under Additional Resources, we lay out further materials in the form of statistics, articles, movies, documentaries, and several “sub-topics” we selected to highlight:  Eva Castillo (our speaker on 2/23), Child Separation, and Farm Workers.

Racial Justice Steering Committee Recommendations

* These items are recommended by Eva Castillo, presenter at the February 23rd program.

Entre Nos (2009) 1 hour 20 minutes – 16+

A story based on facts which offers a fresh take on the issue of new immigrants in the United States. Mariana totes her two children from Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New York. Her life is devastatingly turned around when her husband abandons the family. The woman and her kids have to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Mariana desperately searches for work. In the end, she resourcefully navigates a surprising avenue for making some money, the city’s recycling.
Watch Entre Nos (2010) Full Movie Free Online Streaming | Tubi (
The Story behind Entre Nos (article)

The U.S. Immigration Debate | Council on Foreign Relations (   Felter C., Renwick D.,  & A. Cheatham June 23, 2020

UPDATE:  Proposed US Citizens Act of 2021

*Harvest of Empire:  The Untold Story of Latinos in America (2012) 1 hour 30 minutes – Not Rated (also recommended by Eva Castillo)

A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial expansionist policies that decimated the young economies of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire provides an unflinching look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the United States. Adapted from the landmark book written by journalist Juan Gonzalez, the film tells the story of an epic human saga that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S., but must become part of our national conversation about immigration.
Included with Prime, Free on Youtube:  Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America – YouTube (missing sound from 1:16:40 to 1:17:26)

Additional Resources for consideration

Overview of Immigration Statistics

Overview of Immigration Statistics – NH

Immigrants in New Hampshire (Statistics from American Immigration Council, 2020)

*The Contributions of New Americans in New Hampshire  (New American Economy August, 2016) (recommended by Eva Castillo)


The Biden Plan for Securing Our Values as a Nation of Immigrants

The Critical Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Business NH, Jan 3, 2018)

In NH, a Land of Opportunity for Refugees, Immigrants (US News & World Report, May 14, 2019)

Immigration Advocates Push For a ‘Welcoming’ Ordinance in Lebanon  (NHPR, Dec 5, 2019)

At N.H.’s ICE Detention Center, Protesters Decry ‘Sin’ Of Trump Immigration Policies  (NHPR Aug 26, 2019)

Census war rages ahead of critical data release (Politico, Jan 15, 2021)


Namesake (2006) (Kal Penn) 2 hr 2 minutes – PG13
American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family’s unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
$3.99 – Included with or Rent from HBO (Amazon), Youtube, GooglePlay


The Dividing Line (Dateline, Jun 28, 2018) 6 segments 6-8 min eachà speaks to the US/Mexican border

Immigration Nation (2020) (6 episodes) – TV-MA
A documentary looking inside the world of immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.
Netflix only

 Human Flow (2017) 2 hr 20 minutes – PG-13; Rated for Violence
Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei’s detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.
Included with Prime; $2.99 on Youtube, GooglePlay

 Asian Americans – PBS 4 hrs 30 minutes – TV-14
Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it.
Free on NHPBS Passport Asian Americans | Film Series | PBS, $12.99 on Amazon

 Which Way Home (2009) – 1 hr 22 minutes – TV-MA
Feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans, who are desperately trying to reach their parents in the US.; children like Jose, a ten-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise fourteen-year old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S. and send money back to her. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the children you never hear about; the invisible ones.

Watch Which Way Home (2009) TubiTV

The Controversy Over H-1B Visas | To The Contrary (PBS, 2017) (25.26 minutes)

Eva Castillo

Eva Castillo: Manchester Defender   (Roads and Kingdoms, 2020)

New Hampshire immigrants struggle to utilize safety nets  (Manchester Ink Link, 2020)

Child Separation

Jacob Soboroff: ‘Things Are Arguably Worse Than They Were Two Years Ago’  6:07 minutes (MSNBC, July 20, 2020)

2 Young Migrants Are Caught Up In A Shadow Immigration System 5:26 minutes (with transcript)  (NHPR, Aug 20, 2020)

Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services (DHS & HHS, January, 2021)


Farmworkers lose out on $1.5B COVID-19 safety funding after USDA springs surprise spending (The Californian, Jan 12, 2021)

Cesar Chavez (2014) – 1 hr 41 minutes – PG-13
Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world
Cesar Chavez – YouTube (ads every 10 minutes), included with Prime, or $3.99

 Cesar’s Last Fast (2014)
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his “Fast for Life,” a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez’s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world.
Only available on iTunes