Education is an important part of our mission. For #WishListWednesday our wish is that you’ll engage with these learning materials about immigration.


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After The Last Border By Jessica Goudeau

After the Last Border situates a dramatic, character-driven story within a larger examination of not just how America’s changing attitudes toward refugees have influenced policies and laws, but also the profound effect on human lives.

The Ungrateful Refugee

By Dina Nayeri

In this book, Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers in recent years, bringing us inside their daily lives.

American Street
By Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, while infusing magical realism and vodou culture.

Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card
by Sara Saedi

Saedi pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious memoir is for anyone who has ever shared either fear.

All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel
By Dan Yaccarino

All the Way to America follows a simple shovel as it’s passed down through many generations of an Italian American family. Each generation finds a new use for the tool, tracing the evolution of their immigration journey. The book is a wholesome embrace of a family tradition. 

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story
by Reem Faruqi & Lea Lyon

Lailah is fasting for Ramadan for the first time, but she doesn’t know how to explain it to her friends or avoid food in the cafeteria. She learns that adults can be more helpful and peers can be more accepting than Lailah expects.

The Little Black Fish
By Samad Behrangi

This picture book has the distinction of being banned for more than 20 years in Iran for its pro-immigration messages. It’s also one of the few translated picture books to achieve widespread recognition. Told through allegory, The Little Black Fish follows a fish who dares to literally swim against the current to explore a wider world. 

My Name is Sangoel
by Karen Lyn Williams, Khadra Mohammed & Catherine Stock

My Name Is Sangoel follows a Sudanese war refugee child as he adapts to a new life in the United States. Young Sangoel is proud of his name but struggles to get his classmates to pronounce it correctly. The story can gently introduce children to the concept of refugees while steering clear of any heavy, explicit discussions of violence or conflict.

Movies & Documentaries/Docuseries

The Other Side of Immigration
Available on Apple TV

The Other Side of Immigration is a 2009 documentary film directed by Roy Germano. It explores why so many people leave the Mexican countryside to work in the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

Made in L.A.

Available on Apple TV ​

Made in L.A. follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a mega-trendy clothing retailer. Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.

Clínica de Migrantes
Available on HBOMax

Clínica de Migrantes paints a compassionate portrait of patients at Puentes de Salud, many of whom left their families behind to perform physically exhausting labor in America for meager wages, and follows the tireless staffers who treat around 10,000 patients each year with limited space and little funding. 

The Undocumented Lawyer
Available on HBOMax

Lawyer Lizbeth Mateo, herself an undocumented immigrant, is guided by personal experience when she takes on the case of a client claiming sanctuary in a church.


Availabble on Hulu & Amazon Prime

Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband.


Available for free on Vimeo


This very poetic film offers an unedited insight into the hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers captivated offshore by the Australian Federal Government on Manus Island. Thanks to the starkness of its black and white shots, this multi-award-winning documentary focuses very intimately on the people, so that we can hear their stories directly.

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