Immigration: Constitutional Issues

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On this page are resources available in or through the Ithaca College Library that should help you explore and research the topic of immigration, especially as it is related to Constitutional issues.

Find scholarly articles and news

Use the following library databases to find articles in periodicals, newspapers and scholarly journals
  • EBSCO databases: you can combine a number of EBSCO databases together:
    Academic Search Premier , Alternative Press Index , America: History and Life , and SocINDEX with Full Text .  Click on "Choose databases" above the search box and check the ones you want. 
    Here is a sample search: SU immigration AND SU constitution  (SU=subject; all results will have immigration AND constitution in the article's subject fields)
  • LexisNexis Academic Search LexisNexis for news or legal information (casescodes, law review artices). 
  • ProQuest Social Science Database  This is a basic database indexing an array of ariticles in the social sciences.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.
  • Alternative Press Index
    Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.
  • PolicyArchive Indexes reports from a variety of think tanks.


These are a few titles on U.S. immigration policy that are available through Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) .

Government: Primary and Secondary

For primary resources, use FDsys and Thomas Legislative Information (Library of Congress):
   CQ Researcher offers background information, timelines, and a bibliography for myriad hot topics. CQ Weekly covers news in Congress and will update you on the status of issues.


  • Pew Research Center Reports on Immigration
  • National Immigration Forum  Organization that advocates for the value of immigrants to the United States.
  • Center for Immigration Studies  Research Center that provides research about immigration to citizens, scholars and the media.
  • ACLU's Immigrants' Rights. According to the ACLU's page, "The Consititution guarantees the fundamental rights and civil liberties of every person in this country. Upholding the rights of the politically disenfranchised is vital; when the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one group of people, it puts all our rights in danger."
  • National Conference of State Legislatures The Issues & Research tab includes: State Laws related to Immigration and Immigrants and Arizona and Immigration Law Enforcement
  • PolicyArchive is a digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research that includes either summaries or full text of reports and briefs from think tanks, universities, government agencies, and foundations. It also includes videos and other multimedia material.
    See also: DNC platform, RNC platform
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a clearinghouse of research documents designed for researchers to communicate directly with other users concerning their own and other's research. Some materials are free, others cost a fee.

    Select citations from Social Science Research Network (SSRN):

    Charles, Patrick J., Recentering Foreign Affairs Preemption in Arizona v. United States: Federal Plenary Power, the Spheres of Government, and the Constitutionality of S.B. 1070 (January 9, 2012). Cleveland State Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN:

    Harris, David A., Immigration and National Security: The Illusion of Safety Through Local Law Enforcement Action (December 6, 2011). Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 28, 2011; University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-27. Available at SSRN:

    Fallone, Edward, Charters, Compacts and Tea Parties: The Decline and Resurrection of a Delegation View of the Constitution (April 2, 2010). Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 45, 2010; Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 10-18. Available at SSRN:

    Pfander, James E. and Wardon, Theresa, Reclaiming the Immigration Constitution of the Early Republic (May 3, 2010). Virginia Law Review, Vol. 96, No. 1, 2010; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-13. Available at SSRN:

    Romero, Victor C., Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America. New York University Press Critical America Series, NYU Press. Available at SSRN:

    Wadhia, Shoba Sivaprasad, Business as Usual: Immigration and the National Security Exception. Penn State Law Review, Vol. 114, No. 4, p. 1485, 2010; Pennsylvania State University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 28-2010. Available at SSRN:

     Wishnie, Michael J., Proportionality: The Struggle for Balance in U.S. Immigration Policy (December 11, 2010). University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Vol. 72, 2011. Available at SSRN:

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