Libraries Respond: Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
ALA Resolution in Support of Immigrant Rights 2006-2007 CD#20.2 (ALA Midwinter Meeting)
WHEREAS, America's immigrants are strong and valuable part of the social fabric of this nation; and
WHEREAS, The ALA Library Bill of Rights states that a person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views; and
WHEREAS, The library community opposes all attempts at the local, state and federal level to restrict access to information by immigrants; and
WHEREAS, Restriction of access is a direct violation of the ALA Library Bill of Rights and Policy #60, Diversity, which states that "The American Library Association (ALA) promotes equal access to information for all persons and recognizes the ongoing need to increase awareness of and responsiveness to the diversity of the communities we serve"; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That ALA strongly supports the protection of each person's civil liberties, regardless of that individual's nationality, residency, or status; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That ALA opposes any legislation that infringes on the rights of anyone in the USA or its territories, citizens or otherwise, to use library resources, programs, and services on national, state, and local levels."
Adopted by the American Library Association Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Responding to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Know Your Rights! Protect Yourself Against Immigration Raids. Deportation Defense Cards in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean and Spanish.
- ARTICLE: "How to Brace Yourself for an ICE Raid," by Shawn Rhea. Colorlines, February 17, 2017.
Don’t panic, especially
Raised concerns about ICE raids have led to a lot of panic and false reports on social media about immigration checkpoints, says Aidin Castillo, an immigration staff attorney at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland. In many cases, what people thought were ICE checkpoints were other uniformed individuals gathered in a particular area.
“I think part of the problem is people don’t know what to look for,” Castillo says. She suggests trying to get a good look at uniforms to see if “Immigration and Custom Enforcement” or "Homeland Security” is written below or somewhere near the police emblem. If you can’t get that close, try taking a photo and sending it to an immigration advocacy group for review. It’s important, Castillo says, to verify whether what you’re seeing is an immigration checkpoint or something different.
- Informed Immigrant-Resources 101: Important Info for Immigrants & Allies
- The Immigrant Resource Legal Center
- A Guide for Visiting Immigrant Detainees from the Black Alliance for Just Immigration Network. Kreyol version. Spanish Version.
- ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has an "Issue at a Glance: Visits and Requests from Law Enforcement Concerning library Records and User Information," that may offer some insight.
Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs has partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) on the IMLS-funded “Project Welcome,” a one-year planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017) that aims to learn about and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in order to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process.
Librarians are encouraged to explore these organizations and associations serving refugees and asylum seekers. Most of this list contains information about VOLAGs, or voluntary agencies. There are nine U.S. private agencies and one state agency that provide reception and placement services for refugees arriving in the United States.
Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations - Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table
Prepared by the Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force, Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, American Library Association. Approved by the EMIERT Executive Board, December 2015.
ALA: Resolution on Replacing the Library of Congress Subject Heading "Illegal Aliens" with "Undocumented Immigrants" 2015-2016 ALA CD#34_11216_FINAL (2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Department of Homeland Security
Executive Office for Immigration Review - The United States Department of Justice
Resources for DACA and Undocumented Student (Framingham State University Libguide)
Form I-9 Inspection Overview - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigrant Rights - ACLU
Know Your Rights: How to prepare for an immigration raid or encounter with immigration agents and police in New Jersey - Center for Social Justice, University School of Law (August 2009).
National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE - Immigrant Legal Resource Center
refugeelibraries.org - This website is sponsored by Urban Librarians Unite and is an attempt to reach across the library community to provide resources to better serve refugee populations.
Articles & News
"Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support" by Deah Hester. School Library Journal, March 1, 2017.
"Best Kids Books About Immigrations and Refugees" by Jen Gann. New York Magazine, February 8, 2017.
"How sanctuary cities work, and how Trump's executive order might affect them," by Darla Cameron. The Washington Post, January 25, 2017.
"Resisting Donald Trump: Getting prepared to fight immigration raids and deportations," by Sarah Lazare, Alternet. Salon, November 25, 2016.
Free "Everyone Welcome" pdf by Micah Bazant
Free "Refugees Welcome" pdf by Micah Bazant