General Resources for Homeland Guantanamo


  • Bacon, David. "Illegal People". Beacon Press, 2008.
    Argues that globalization increases illegal migration, and discusses the plight of undocumented migrant workers, the "world's most exploited workforce."
  • Daniels, Roger. "Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882". Hill and Wang, 2004.
    Covers immigration policy since the 1880's.
  • Dow, Mark. "American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons". University of California Press, 2005.
    Describes the inner workings of immigration detention.
  • Hing, Bill. "Defining America Through Immigration Policy". Temple University Press, 2004.
    Defines the continuing debates about immigration in the context of what value Americans as a people have assigned to cultural pluralism in various eras.
  • Ed. James, Joy. Palgrave. "States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons". Macmillan, 2002.
    Discusses the political, social, and economic biases in policing and punishment.
  • Khan, Mahvish Rukhsana. "My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me". PublicAffairs, 2008.
    Collection of detainee narratives that offer a first-hand view of the violence and injustice within Guantanamo.
  • Luibheid, Eitihne. "Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border". University of Texas Press, 1998.
    Analyzes the ways in which sexuality is constructed through immigration laws.
  • Ed. Luibheid, Eithne & Cantu, Lionel. "Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings". University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
    Unpacks the ways in which the governmental policing of borders reinforces and relies upon heterosexual norms.
  • Riley, Jason L. "Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders: Six Common Arguments Against Immigration and Why They Are Wrong". Penguin Group, 2008.
    Makes economic and sociological arguments for the advantages of open borders.
  • Welch, Michael. "Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex". Temple University Press, 2002.
    Looks at immigration legislation and policies of the United States since 1996.


  • "Al Otro Lado" (To The Other Side) (Documentary, 2005)
    Directed by Gustavo Loza
    Looks at the United States/Mexico border from the perspective of those who live north and south of it.
  • "Lest We Forget" (Documentary, 2003)
    Directed by Jason DaSilva
    Compares Japanese Internment Camps to post-9/11 treatment of immigrants.
  • "Lost Boys of Sudan" (Documentary, 2004)
    Directed by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk
    Follows two Sudanese refugees on a journey from Africa to America.
  • "Maria Full of Grace" (Fiction, 2004)
    Directed by Joshua Marston
    In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant 17-year-old Maria accepts the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with 62 pellets of cocaine in her stomach.
  • "The New Americans" (Documentary, 2004)
    Follows 4 years in the lives of a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America.
  • "Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border" (Documentary, 2004)
    Produced by American Friends Service Committee in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union and WITNESS
    Offers a look at the growing role of armed vigilante groups at the United States/Mexico border.
  • "Sentenced Home" (Documentary, 2005)
    Directed by David Grabias and Nicole Newnham
    The story of Cambodian Americans who arrived in the United States as refugees in the 1980's and are fighting an unwilling deportation back to Cambodia.
  • "Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy" (Documentary, 2001)
    Produced by National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    How the global economy has forced people to leave their home countries.
  • "The Visitor" (Fiction, 2008)
    Directed by Tom McCarthy
    A disillusioned Connecticut Economics professor is revitalized after a chance encounter with an immigrant couple in New York City.
  • "Whose Children are These?" (Documentary, 2007)
    Directed by Theresa Thanjan
    Examines the experiences of three Muslim-American teenagers affected by Special Registration, a post-9/11 security measure initiated by the United States Department of Justice that required male non-citizens from 25 predominantly Muslim nations to register with the government.



  • "American Civil Liberties Union"
    A national organization that advocates individual rights including the right to First Amendment, due process and privacy.
  • "Breakthrough"
    Breakthrough is an international human rights organization that uses media and popular culture to talk about immigrant rights in the United States.
  • "Detention Watch Network"
    The Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition in the United States that addresses the detention crisis head-on and helps detainees make their voices heard.
  • "Families for Freedom"
    Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.
  • "National Day Laborers and Organizing Network"
    A collaborative of more than 30 community-based organizations that organize day laborers in different parts of the country.
  • "The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild"
    An organization that protects the rights of non-citizens facing barriers to justice.
  • "National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights"
    A national organization that serves as a forum to share information, educate communities and the general public, and develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.
  • "Rights Working Group"
    The Rights Working Group is a national coalition of more than 250 community-based groups and policy organizations dedicated to ensuring that American commitment to liberty and justice is fulfilled.



Organizational Reports


  • Huang, Margaret. Executive Director of Rights Working Group. "Other Rights Violations." Email to Heidi Boisvert. 18 July 2008.
  • Lonegan, Bryan. Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, 15 June 2005. June 15, 2005 "(Letter on file with author)".
  • Musa, Jumana. Policy Director for Rights Working Group. "FAQedits." Email to Mallika Dutt. 12 September 2008.
  • Powers, Christina. Staff Attorney for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. "Telephone interview". 18 July 2008.