Nonimmigrant Overstays: Brief Synthesis of the Issue

Nonimmigrant Overstays: Brief Synthesis of the Issue

Date: January 22, 2014
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report discusses a fundamental problem of immigration control in which foreign nationals enter legally on a temporary basis and continue to stay after their visas expire.
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¿Cuándo te Veré? “When Will I See You?”

¿Cuándo te Veré? “When Will I See You?”

Date: August 2011
Creator: Colunga, Elizabeth H.
Description: This film examines the phenomenon of a family divided by the U.S.-Mexico border. Saul, the head of the family, migrated north in search of a better life for his wife and children while they stayed behind in Mexico. Not having the documents to cross the border has resulted in being apart from his family for more than ten years. This is a story about separation, pain, and the ultimate sacrifice a family makes as a means of survival.
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Unauthorized Aliens in the United States: Policy Discussion

Unauthorized Aliens in the United States: Policy Discussion

Date: May 8, 2014
Creator: Bruno, Andorra
Description: This report discusses the unauthorized immigrant (illegal alien) population in the United States, which is a key and controversial immigration issue.
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Immigration Detainers: Legal Issues

Immigration Detainers: Legal Issues

Date: April 24, 2014
Creator: Manuel, Kate M.
Description: This report provides background information regarding the Immigration and Naturalization Service rules and regulations and discusses the "immigration detainer," a document by which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) advises other law enforcement agencies that it seeks custody of individual aliens whom these agencies are detaining.
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Visa Waiver Program

Visa Waiver Program

Date: February 12, 2014
Creator: Siskin, Alison
Description: This report discusses the visa waiver program (VWP), which allows for a bypass of the first step by which foreign visitors are screened for admissibility to enter the United States. Some policymakers are concerned that this waiver allows terrorists to more easily enter the country. The report provides waiver-related statistics and related legislation.
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Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

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Date: April 6, 2011
Creator: Alexander, Matthew & Buccilli, Alessandro
Description: Interview with Italian immigrant Alessandro Buccilli, Director of Marketing and Sales Administration for Peterbilt Motors Company, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Buccilli discusses his family background in Rome, Italy, his education, employment in the U.S., the shifts in perceptions about Italy and the U.S., social responsibility, learning English, his perspectives on the importance of language and culture, raising American children, and his legacy. The interview also includes Buccilli's comparisons of opportunities, bureaucracy, culture, and national immigration debates in Italy and the U.S.
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Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011

Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011

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Date: April 19, 2011
Creator: Clower, John & Beckman, Pierina E. Mercado
Description: Interview with University of North Texas Professor Dr. Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, Mexican-born immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Beckman's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico City, relocating to the U.S., her decision to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, her culture shock and homesickness, marriage to Curt Beckman, the decision to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Iowa, being hired at UNT, and her efforts to remain in touch with family members in Mexico.
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Oral History Interview with Ivan Arteaga, October 27, 2009

Oral History Interview with Ivan Arteaga, October 27, 2009

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Date: October 27, 2009
Creator: Dunbar, Paul & Arteaga, Ivan
Description: Interview with Ivan Arteaga, Mexican national and immigrant to Princeton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Arteaga's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico City. Arteaga also talks about his family's decision to immigrate to Provo, Utah, his first impressions of the U.S., marriage, deciding to relocate to Texas, opinions regarding anti-immigrant feelings prevalent in American culture and regarding the U.S. immigration bureaucracy, as well as his feelings about his two children's U.S. citizenship.
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Oral History Interview with Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, October 21, 2009

Oral History Interview with Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, October 21, 2009

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Date: October 21, 2009
Creator: Onspaugh, Patrick & Alonso-Minutti, Ana R.
Description: Interview with assistant professor of music history at UNT Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Mexican-born immigrant to Dallas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Alonso-Minutti's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico, attending college at Universidad de las Americas, discovering music history as a discipline of study, a one-year course of study in theology in Dallas, choir direction at a church in England, attending graduate school, and accepting a job offer from UNT. Additionally, Alonso-Minutti discusses family history, her grandparents' migration from Spain and Italy, her first impressions of the U.S., the decision to study musicology in the U.S. or Great Britain, the citizenship process, and the contrast of life in Mexico, England, California, and Texas.
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Oral History Interview with Andrew Joseph Brenner, Sr., November 3, 2009

Oral History Interview with Andrew Joseph Brenner, Sr., November 3, 2009

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Date: November 3, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Brenner, Joseph Andrew, Sr.
Description: Interview with Joseph Andrew Brenner Sr., Hungarian-American immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Brenner's personal experiences of childhood and education in Budapest, Hungary, having a career as a tool and die machinist, the involvement with his brothers in anti-Soviet and anti-Communist resistance movements, being captured by Hungarian political police and subsequent torture, his sentence in a Soviet work camp, escaping across the Austrian border, and coping with memories of torture. Additionally, Brenner discusses his father's service in the German Luftwaffe, memories of the Soviet Army entering Budapest in 1945, immigrating to the U.S., settling in Weatherford, his efforts to maintain connections with family in Hungary, and the process of earning his citizenship. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Oral History Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, October 20, 2012

Oral History Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, October 20, 2012

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Date: October 20, 2012
Creator: Bundschuh, Molly & Duque, Ada Fabiana
Description: Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, Colombian-born immigrant to Rockwall, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Duque's family background and the risks that accompanied being financially successful in Colombia during the Colombian civil war, the guerrilla violence in Colombia in the 1980s and 1990s, her experience as an exchange student to Illinois in 1992, her expectations about the U.S., education and employment in food engineering, the process of acquiring citizenship through political asylum, and her opinions about U.S. immigration policy and cultural assimilation, as well as reflections on American identity.
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Unaccompanied Alien Children: Potential Factors Contributing to Recent Immigration

Unaccompanied Alien Children: Potential Factors Contributing to Recent Immigration

Date: July 3, 2014
Creator: Kandel, William A.; Bruno, Andorra; Meyer, Peter J.; Seelke, Clare Ribando; Taft-Morales, Maureen & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report begins by describing the recent surge in unaccompanied child apprehensions. It discusses several factors widely associated with out-migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The report then discusses three broad factors that may be attracting migrants to the United States: economic and educational opportunity, family reunification, and U.S. immigration policies. It concludes with caveats on the attribution of causes to this situation.
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Oral History Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, November 20, 2009

Oral History Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, November 20, 2009

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Date: November 17, 2009
Creator: Teel, Katherine & Chandrasekar, Kirthica
Description: Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, Indian-born immigrant to Carrollton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Chandrasekar's personal experiences of childhood and education in India, her arranged marriage to a family friend living in New Jersey, and working in the insurance industry. Chandrasekar talks about her first impressions of the U.S., struggling to keep close ties with her family in India, and the contrast of life in India, New Jersey, and Texas.
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Oral History Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, April 24, 2011

Oral History Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, April 24, 2011

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Date: April 24, 2011
Creator: Abigail, R. Matthew & Bibi, Rula Walid
Description: Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, Palestinian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Bibi's personal experience with discrimination of Palestinians in the Middle East, childhood in Kuwait City, education at the University of Kuwait and Midwestern State University, family experiences during the First Gulf War and circumstances surrounding her immigration to Texas in 1990, thoughts on religion, experiences as a single mother as well as experiences of living in Wichita Falls, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Plano. Bibi talks about her first impressions of the U.S., her career in medical technologies, her marriage to an American man and his conversion to Islam, her involvement with political organizations, and thoughts on American education and foreign policy.
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Oral History Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, November 2, 2009

Oral History Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, November 2, 2009

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Date: November 2, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Greenfield, Eleonore
Description: Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, Germany-born immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Greenfield's personal experiences of childhood and education in Germany, escaping to Berlin from the Soviet army, and again to Bavaria, and marriage to an America GI. Greenfield also discusses her family's experiences with occupying U.S. Army forces, the decision to settle in Weatherford, the struggle to pass on German language and culture to her children and grandchildren, and her family history. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

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Date: March 10, 2011
Creator: Nabors, Daniel & Franco, Pedro F.
Description: Interview with Colombian-born oral surgeon Pedro F. Franco as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Franco's personal experiences about childhood in Cali, Colombia, attending college and dental school in Bogota, playing on the college soccer team, and working for a new constitution in Colombia. Additionally, Franco discusses family background, his father being kidnapped by a guerrilla group, his residency in the guerrilla-dominated portion of Colombia, educational experiences in Chicago, returning to Colombia, his decision to come to Dallas after being threatened by guerrillas, the impact of his father and mother shaping his values and work ethic, dealing with American stereotypes of Colombia, the apathy of the new generation in America, the legalization of narcotics, his expectations upon coming to America, his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy, and the importance of immigrants in making American great.
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Oral History Interview with Michael Flight, 2009-2010

Oral History Interview with Michael Flight, 2009-2010

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Date: November 2, 2009
Creator: Park, David & Flight, Michael
Description: Interview with Michael Flight, Argentinian-born immigrant to Roanoke, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Flight's personal experiences of childhood and education in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, Brazil, being a university student, and the September 11, 2001 attacks and aftermath. Additionally, Flight discusses his parents' backgrounds, life under military dictatorship, perspectives on the Cold War, the Argentinian government's inability to manage the economy, the Falkland Islands War, Argentinian politics, effects of hyperinflation, his work in import-export and manufacturing fields, his wife's work in the information technology field, the 2001 economic collapse and ensuing constitutional crisis, the "cacerolazo" and "choripan and a coka" protests, his decision to emigrate, acculturation struggles, the difficulty finding work in the midst of recession, his perspectives on various aspects of American culture and politics, and his participation in the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band.
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Oral History Interview with Isabel Cano, October 10, 2009

Oral History Interview with Isabel Cano, October 10, 2009

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Date: October 10, 2009
Creator: Merrill, Linda & Cano, Isabel
Description: Interview with Isabel Cano, Argentina-born immigrant to Denton and daughter of Spanish diplomats, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Cano's personal experiences of immigration, struggling to learn English and acculturate, and provides family history, her first impressions of Texas, and opinions about Denton.
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Oral History Interview with Miguel Soria, October 2, 2012

Oral History Interview with Miguel Soria, October 2, 2012

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Date: October 2, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Soria, Miguel
Description: Interview with Miguel Soria, Mexican-born immigrant to Plano, Texas. The interview includes Soria's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico, his first visit to the U.S., illegally crossing the border to live in Dallas, Texas, and experiences with a human smuggler, along with his experiences as an undocumented person and with discrimination. It also includes his thoughts on the DREAM act and the immigration process, and advice for future immigrants.
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Oral History Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, October 11, 2012

Oral History Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, October 11, 2012

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Date: October 11, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Quijano, Giancarlo
Description: Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, West German-born Colombian immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigration Oral History Project. The interview includes Quijano's personal experiences from his childhood in West Germany, life in Colombia during the 1990s violence, his family's immigration to Texas, his expectations of the U.S., and the subsequent culture shock. Quijano talks about the transition to American life, attending college as an international student, his experiences with the citizenship process, and his thoughts on the immigration debate.
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Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

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Date: March 17, 2011
Creator: Kilgore, Deborah & Fitzgerald, Armaiti Shahidi
Description: Interview with graphic designer, business owner, and beauty pageant winner Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, Iranian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Fitzgerald's personal experiences of childhood and home life in Tehran, Iran, attending Al Zahra University in Tehran, coming to America as a young bride, attending the University of North Texas and finding a career as a fine artist in Dallas. Fitzgerald talks about serving as Mrs. International 2009 and establishing the Fight Oral Cancer Foundation. The interview includes photographs and articles about Fitzgerald.
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Oral History Interview with Jonathan Forbes, December 1, 2009

Oral History Interview with Jonathan Forbes, December 1, 2009

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Date: December 1, 2009
Creator: Truxal, Luke & Forbes, Jonathan
Description: Interview with Jonathan Forbes, Canadian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Forbes' personal experiences of childhood and education in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and dealing with the U.S. immigration and customs bureaucracy. Forbes also talks about his parent's decision to immigrate to the U.S., the similarities and differences of life in Canada and the U.S., his perception of changes due to 9/11 attacks, his intention to remain in the U.S. and gain citizenship, and views on contemporary political issues.
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Oral History Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, December 4, 2012

Oral History Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, December 4, 2012

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Date: December 4, 2012
Creator: Bravo, Francis & Dreyspring, Dulcie Barnier
Description: Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, Australian-born immigrant to Fort Worth, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Dreyspring's personal experiences of childhood in Australia, interactions with American soldiers during World War II, the Japanese invasion of Australia, her first visit to the U.S., first impressions of America, her first marriage to an American, and her return to Australia for the immigration process. It also includes her impressions of various American cities, views on American identity, her siblings in Australia, reasons for moving to Fort Worth, her second marriage to an American airman, adopting Texas culture, and advice for future immigrants.
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Oral History Interview with Rosendo Evaro, September 30, 2006

Oral History Interview with Rosendo Evaro, September 30, 2006

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Date: September 30, 2006
Creator: Folsom, Brad & Evaro, Rosendo
Description: Interview with Evaro Rosendo as part of the Arms Along the Border Oral History Project. The interview includes Rosendo's personal experiences over a lifetime in Redford, Texas. Rosendo speaks about the local folklore concerning the presence of U.S. armed forces and Border Patrol agents in the Big Bend region throughout the 20th century, as well as the shooting of Esequiel Hernandez, Jr.
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