Beyond the Border: Resources on US-Mexico Labor and Immigration Issues and the Current Child Refugee Crisis


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We have some great events coming up for Hispanic Heritage Month this Fall, including a trio of speaking events and two exhibits related to historic US-Mexico labor and immigration issues and the current unaccompanied minors crisis. The Library has created a list of resources to help you learn more about issues that will be chronicled and discussed as part of these events:

  • Border Studies Photo & Map Exhibit, Produced by Texas Humanities. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
  • Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Poster Exhibit, Produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with SITES, with support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
  • Law Prof. Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez: Who were the Braceros? What was Operation: Wetback? How Mid-Twentieth-Century Immigration and Labor Law and Policy Shape Today’s Child Refugee Crisis. September 16, 2014, 11 am, University Library Atrium
  • Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program Film Screening and Discussion with Law Prof. Lauren Gilbert. September 24, 2014, 11am, University Library Atrium
  • Children Crossing: A Panel Discussion on the Child Refugee Crisis. September 29, 2014, 11 am, Convocation Hall

On the Library’s catalog on WorldCat, we created a list of Hispanic Heritage Month items in the Library’s collection. Many of those resources are listed below, along with several others resources freely available on the Web. We also have a book display in the University Library Atrium with many of the titles below. Resources are arranged by subject.

U.S.-Mexico Border

frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY

frontera, Brooke Binkowski, Flickr, CCBY

Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title search for the keywords Mexican border.

Fregoso, Rosa Linda. MeXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands. University of California Press, 2003. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010.

Mexican-American Civil Rights

A Class Apart. 2009. Available from Films on Demand. 

Olivas, Michael A., ed. In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Intellectuals. Arte Público Press, 2012.

Rosales, F. Arturo. Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Arte Público Press, 1997.

Historical Perspectives

Martínez, Elizabeth “Betita.” 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History | Años de la Mujer Chicana bilingual ed. Rutgers UP, 2010.

McWilliams, Carey. North from Mexico: The Spanish-Speaking People of the United States. Greenwood, 1990.

Tywoniak, Frances Esquibel, and Mario T. Garcia. Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican-American Woman. University of California Press, 2000. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

The Bracero ProgramProfGilbertHarvestLonelinessPoster

Calavita, Kitty. Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the I.N.S. Routledge, 2010.

Center for History and New Media. Bracero History Archive. 2014. Available at Note that this online archive was developed to accompany the Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program poster exhibit currently on display in the University Library Atrium.

Cohen, Debra. Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Galarza, Ernesto. Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story. Rosicrucian Press, 1964.

Gilbert, Lauren. “Fields of Hope, Fields of Despair: Legisprudential and Historic Perspectives on the AgJobs Bill of 2003.” Harvard Journal on Legislation 42 (2005). Available at

National Museum of American History. Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942 – 1964 (Online Exhibition). Available at

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Gamboa, Erasmo, and Kevin Allen Leonard. Mexican Labor & World War II. Columbia Classics, 2000.

González, Gilbert G., and Vivian Price, co-dirs., Adrian Salinas, ed., and Xochitl Gonzalez, asst. ed. Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program. Available from Films on Demand.

González, Marc-Tizoc. “Critical Ethnic Legal Histories: Unearthing the Interracial Justice of Filipino Agricultural Labor Organizing.” University of California Irvine Law Review 3 (2013). Available at

​Jenkins, Craig J. The Politics of Insurgency: The Farm Worker Movement in the 1960s. Columbia UP, 1985. Available at St. Thomas University Law Library.

Mize, Ronald L., and Alicia C.S. Swords. Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA. University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Moyers & Company. Fighting for Farmworkers. 2013. Available on Films on Demand.

Rothenberg, Daniel, and Robert Coles. With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. University of California Press, 2000.

Valdés, Dionicio Nodín. Organized Agriculture and the Labor Movement Before the UFW: Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i, California. University of Texas Press, 2011.

Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables (Parts 1 and 2). ca. 1960s. Available on Films on Demand.

César Chávez

Bruns, Roger A. César Chávez and the United Farm Workers Movement. Greenwood, 2011. Available from EBL eBook Library,

Chávez, César, Richard J. Jensen, and John C. Hammerback. The Words of César Chávez. Texas A & M UP, 2002. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Luna, Diego, Lawrence Meli, and Keir Pearson. César Chávez. Lions Gate Films, 2014. DVD.

Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables ca. 1960s (Parts 1 and 2). Available on Films on Demand. 

Photography/Oral Histories

Bacon, David. Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration. Cornell UP, 2006.


Bender, Steven W. Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings. New York UP, 2012.

Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title or segment search for the keyword immigration.

Gilbert, Lauren. “Deportation Cases and Legislation.” Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law & Social Movements (February 17, 2012). Available at

Gilbert, Lauren. “Obama’s Ruby Slippers: Enforcement Discretion in the Absence of Immigration Reform,” West Virginia Law Review 116 (2013). Available at

Henderson, Timothy J. Beyond Borders: A History of Mexican Migration to the United States. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Hing, Bill Ong. Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration. Temple UP, 2010. 

Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Mark Hugo Lopez. “5 Facts About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.” FactTank, Pew Research Center (August 15, 2014). Available at

Massey, Douglas S., Jorge Durand, and Nolan J. Malone. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Migration in an Era of Economic Integration. Russell Sage Foundation, 2003.

National Immigration Forum. Available at

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey. Random House, 2006. Available through SEFLIN.

Ngai, Mae M. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton UP, 2014. Available from EBL eBook Library.

Oboler, Suzanne, ed. Latinos and Citizenship: The Dilemma of Belonging. Palgrave, 2006.

Rivas, Jorge. “The Untold History of Unaccompanied Minors.” (August 11, 2014). Video. Available at

Vastine, Michael. “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Reconsidering Indeterminate and Indefinite Detention as Tools in U.S. Immigration Policy.” Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 5 (2010).

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis

American Immigration Lawyers Association. YouTube Channel. Available at

Byrne, Olga, and Elise Miller. The Flow of Unaccompanied Children Through the Immigration System: A Resource for Practitioners, Policy Makers, and Researchers. New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2012. Available at

Catholic Relief Services. Unaccompanied Minors: Help Youth Thrive In Their Communities. (September 10, 2014). Available at

Chan, Christine, and Wen Foo. “The U.S. Border Crisis.” Reuters Graphics (August 21, 2014). Available at

Chen, Annie. “An Urgent Need: Unaccompanied Children and Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings.” ABA Section of Litigation: Children’s Rights Litigation (July 14, 2014). Available at

Greenblat, Alan. “What’s Causing the Latest Immigration Crisis: A Brief Explainer.” NPR (July 9, 2014). Available at

Jorge Ramos/Fusion. “Edge of a Crisis: An America Special.” Jorge (July 2014). Available at


Kandel, William A., Andorra Bruno, Peter J. Meyer, Clare Ribando Seelke, Maureen Taft-Morales, and Ruth Ellen Wasem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: Potential Factors Contributing to Recent Immigration. Congressional Research Service (July 3, 2014). Available at

Kay, Julie. “Miami Immigration Court Adopts ‘Rocket Docket’ to Handle Unaccompanied Minor Cases.” (August 4, 2014). Available at

Krogstad, Jens Manuel, and Gonzalez-Barrera, Ana. “Number of Latino Children Caught Trying to Enter U.S. Nearly Doubles in Less than a Year.” FactTank, Pew Research Center (June 10, 2014). Available at

Nakamura, David, and Ed O’Keefe. “Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Immigration Reform.” Washington Post (June 26, 2014). Available at

New York Times Editorial Board. “America’s Test at the Border” (Opinion Pages). (July 20, 2014). Available at

New York Times Editorial Board. “Deported from the Middle of Nowhere: At an Immigrant Detention Center, Due Process Denied” (Opinion Pages). (August 25, 2014). Available at

Rappleye, Hannah. “Undocumented and Unaccompanied: Facts, Figures on Children at the Border.” NBC News (July 9, 2014). Available at

Seghetti, Lisa, Alison Siskin, and Ruth Ellen Bassem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview. Congressional Research Service (July 28, 2014). Available at

Spodak, Cassie, Jim Acosta, and Ralph Ellis. “Obama: Waiting Will Make Immigration Executive Action ‘More Sustainable.’ ” (September 7, 2014). Available at

TRAC, Syracuse University. “New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court.” TRAC Immigration. Available at

US Customs and Border Protection. Stats and Summaries: Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children. Available at

Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum Protection

Anker, Deborah, Lauren Gilbert, and Nancy Kelly. “Women Whose Governments are Unable or Unwilling to Provide Reasonable Protection from Domestic Violence May Qualify as Refugees Under United States Asylum Law.” Georgetown Immigration Law Review 11, no. 709 (1997). Available at

Carcamo, Cindy. “Domestic Violence Ruling May Help Thousands of Immigrants Get Asylum,” LA Times (September 5, 2014). Available at

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Taming the Web with Effective Search Skills and Strategies

Interested in learning how to find credible sources on the Internet? Check out the new 30-minute film available to the St. Thomas University community on Films on Demand, “Internet Research: What’s Credible.” A related 22-minute film called “Effective Internet Search: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies” (2011) is also available on Films on Demand.

Other Library resources include the book, How to Find out Anything, from Extreme Google Searches to Scouring Government Documents: A Guide to Uncovering Anything about Everyone and Everything, by Don MacLeod (Prentice Hall Press, 2012).

Happy Web hunting!

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Welcome Faculty!

Greetings to all faculty members returning for the Fall 2014 semester! There have been a few changes at the Library over the summer that we would like to tell you about, and we would like to remind you of services that the Library offers to support the great work that you do.

New Library Liaison Assignments

  • Isabel Ezquerra, Library Liaison for the School of Science, Technology, & Engineering Management,, 305-628-6672
  • Isabel Medina, Library Liaison for the School of Leadership Studies,, 305-628-6769
  • Jonathan Roach, Library Liaison for the School of Theology & Ministry and for Ph.D. in Practical Theology,, 305-628-6627
  • Nina Rose*, Library Liaison for the School of Business,, 305-628-6665
  • Larry Treadwell, Library Liaison for Biscayne College and for Doctorate of Education Leadership,, 305-474-6860
  • Elliot Williams, Library Liaison for Departments of English, Humanities, History, Philosophy, and Global Studies,, 305-474-6863

*Nina Rose is our new Outreach Librarian.

New eBook Portal

We have added a new ebook platform to our collection, 3M Cloud Library, for ebooks in the popular reading category. 3M eAudiobooks are coming in October. Our collection now includes more than 200,000 ebooks, available from the following vendors:

  • EBSCOhost E-Book Collection (Academic Content)
  • E-Book Library by EBL (Academic Content)
  • 3M Cloud Library (Popular Content)
  • ATLA E-Books Series 1 and 2 (Religion Content)
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery Archive (Historic Content)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Portal (Academic Content)
  • Tourism E-Book by Ovid (Tourism Content)

eBooks from all of these vendors are catalogued in the Library’s WorldCat catalog. If you have a few moments before the semesters kicks in to high gear, go ahead and get the 3M app and BlueFire (or other reader apps) uploaded to your mobile devices, download Adobe Digital Editions, create an Adobe ID for your devices, and test drive a 3M and EBL ebook to make sure you have it all up and running. Instructions and helpful links are available here on the library website. Come see Nina Rose at the reference desk weekdays from 9 a.m. -10 a.m. for Advice For Your Device, and I’ll be happy to troubleshoot for you.

Faculty Support Services

The library would like to remind you of some faculty support services that we offer to help you plan for the coming semester:

  • Collection development supporting your school’s curriculum and faculty research needs. Contact your liaison to order resources, or place your order online using this form
  • Library instructional sessions keyed to assignments to give student research skills a boost. Contact Larry Treadwell (contact info above) to schedule a session
  • Reference services 7 days per week, in person and via chat and e-mail
  • Faculty reserves. Visit the Circulation Desk to complete a Faculty Reserves Form
  • Promotion of faculty publications

Also, for faculty teaching online courses, the Library has developed a Guide for Teaching Online Classes of University Library Support Services and Collections.

Follow Us on Social Media

Plans for some great events and series are in the works. Please follow us on social media to stay informed about upcoming events and new library resources and services:

We are looking forward to supporting your teaching and scholarship in the 2014-15 academic year!

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STU through the decades!

Did you know you can access digital copies of the St. Thomas University yearbook Logos? Full-color digital copies can be accessed via the library catalog, just search for Logos and St. Thomas University.


Years available: 1970 – 1981, 1983-85, and 1999.

Get ready to show your Bobcat Pride! Learn more about Homecoming by visiting:

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What’s happening at the Library – November edition

Join the University Library for National Gaming Day on Monday, November 18th from 11am – 4pm in the Convocation Hall, or take a Bagel Break with us on Monday, November 25th at 10am in the Library Atrium.
And don’t forget to browse through our new library displays. We’ve got brand new New York Times bestsellers, Bobcat Read classics, and works by current and previous Nobel Prize winners in Literature on display and waiting to be checked out.
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Don’t miss the Immigration Reform Committee’s Film Series, co-hosted by the Library

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What’s happening at the library – October edition

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And stay tuned for more info on Bobcat Read Week (October 28 – November 1).

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Star Wars are Back in Town – a guest post by Monica Rekkedal

Are you a Star Wars fan? St. Thomas University is holding a reading event for all students at the library the 28th of October until the 1st of November. The concept of the event is to try to inspire students at St. Thomas to participate in reading more books from different authors. The students will also have the opportunity to go to the movies and play a character in a play at St. Thomas. Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope is the tile of the book for this semester, and “Shakespeare” is the author.

St. Thomas University in Miami is known for holding events based on reading weeks to inspire students to be more engaged with books, learn about different authors, and interact with other students to experience new learning opportunities. The library administrator at St. Thomas University, Jonathan C. Roach, points out how important it is to choose a title and an author that can create interest among the student body at the University. It is important to choose a good title and reading material that arouses the interest of students. It is like a commercial. He states, “If there is something familiar and nice that we want, it attracts our interest in our daily life.”

The title and the author of the book for the reading event this semester is “Star Wars” written by “Shakespeare”. The reason why this book was chosen was because people are familiar with the film Star Wars, it is a book that is fun to read, and every teenager or adult has probably watched the movies at least once. The book will also help the students to learn more about Shakespeare and his style of writing. The book also contains a lot of good information, for example culture and religion. To attract students to join the Bobcat Read celebration, the University Library is organizing events on the book, including a film viewing and a play where students can participate and take on the role of one of the characters from Shakespeare’s Star Wars . Lauren Lightfoot, one of the students at St. Thomas, says that this is a great opportunity to learn a lot about different books, cultures, and getting more knowledge on everyday life. The reading week, combined with the events held by the Library, is really fun and is a great opportunity to interact with people, make friends, participate in a play, and go to movies.  She says that she did not like reading books before but has joined in the Bobcat Read events for the last 3 years.

The Instructional Coordinator at the St. Thomas University Library, Lawrence Treadwell, says that “Bobcat Read Week” has received many good responses from students and other participants at the University. He says, “Most people have told us that they think it was fun, and I have seen many familiar students participate for many of the events we have held. It makes us very happy that so many students like the concept. We started this event 10 years ago, and we hold an event combined with a book one time per semester.” The previous titles for Bobcat Read have included The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hobbit, and The Kite Runner.  The Library’s staff have many ideas for how this upcoming book event. The events will be the 28th of October until the 1st of November. Professors will be invited to speak and students to present projects and take part in a dramatic play where they can be a little childish and live the part of a Star Wars action hero. Ariel Listo, is an eager student who has a passion for Star Wars and has a huge collection that includes all the movies and action figures. He thinks it is cool that the book’s title includes Star Wars, and is very excited to participate as in the play.

Bobcat Read Week is an inspirational event where students can get involved with reading books, interacting with each other, and socialize through events, such as movies and plays. These reading events are popular amongst students and people of all ages are joining every year. The administrators at the library at St. Thomas are surprised by the good feedback they received from most of the students who participate in these events. Many students have changed their opinions about books. Every person has an inner child that wants to be reborn.   If you are a Star Wars fan, and dream about being one of the heroes in this world, then you should join the event. Find your inner child and pretend you are one of the heroes in the Star Wars movie out to save the universe.  The events will take place at the library at St. Thomas University during the week of October 28 until the 1st of November. All are welcome to join.

This news story is the part of an assignment for COM343-01- Multiplatform Journalism Reporting submitted to the Institute for Communication Entertainment and Media (ICEM) at St. Thomas University, written under the supervision of Dr Sony J. Raj

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What’s happening at the library – September edition

Just some of the great events happening at the University Library in September. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest library events.

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Bobcat Read – Shakespeare’s Star Wars Video Contest

Haven’t read the Bobcat Read book yet? There’s still time to pick up a copy before Bobcat Read Week!

Like to shoot videos on your phone? The Library is hosting a video contest to celebrate Bobcat Read. Students and Faculty are invited to shoot and share a YouTube, Vine, or Instagram video (#BobcatRead) promoting William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher. There will be prizes and an award ceremony on Wednesday, October 30th.

Links to the videos should be submitted to Jonathan Roach at by Wednesday October 16 at midnight to be considered.

Creativity, parody, and costumes are encouraged!


Visit the University Library for more details or for help with locations, actors, props, or costumes.

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