Category Archives: Immigration Law

Immigration Records of INS, 1880-1930

Lauinger Library recently added a new database of digitized immigration documents: ProQuest History Vault’s Immigration Records of INS, 1880-1930. The database contains materials from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and its predecessor, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. It includes investigative reports and correspondence of agency officials, and documents from advocacy groups (opposing or denouncing) immigration or alien exclusion laws. The documents cover Asian, Mexican, and European immigration. In addition, there are documents related to the agency’s investigations of prostitution and white slavery, as well as anarchists.

Sample documents:

  • Negotiations with Mexico on immigration (1906-1908)
  • Investigation by Oscar Greenhalgh, alleged corruption in Immigration Service (Jan 01, 1905 – Dec 31, 1907)
  • Prostitution and white slavery immigration investigations, repression of prostitution of Kate Waller Barrett & International Council of Women (Dec 01, 1915 – Dec 31, 1915)

As with other Lauinger databases, you can access these remotely, from the Law Campus or home. Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance with this collection.


Featured Collection in Honor of World Refugee Day: Haitian Refugee/Alien Rights Collection

In honor of World Refugee Day, the National Equal Justice Library is highlighting its Haitian Refugee/Alien Rights collection.

In the summer of 1981, the U.S. government implemented a policy to detain all undocumented Haitians in the United States in detention centers in six states and in Puerto Rico. In a national class action suit filed by the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami, U.S. District Judge Eugene P. Spellman held that the governmental policy was not adopted in accordance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act. The court then invalidated the detention policy [Louis, et. al. v. Nelson, Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service, et al., Case No. 81-1260-CIV-EPS (S.D. Fla. 1982)]. The approximately 2,000 Haitian refugees who were held in detention centers were then released. While the government announced it would appeal the decision, human rights and refugee rights groups – including the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for International Human Rights —  organized a campaign to secure pro bono legal representation for the refugees. Lawyers helped at three stages of the process: to prepare asylum requests, to prepare and conduct hearings, and to prepare appeals. The Haitian Refugee/Alien Rights collection documents this significant collective effort. Publicly available materials include newspaper articles, reports, memos, as well as pleadings, briefs and other documents that were filed with the courts. We are currently working on an inventory of the collection. For access to the collection, please contact the NEJL.

Blog entry prepared by Courtney Snelling, LL.M., and Katharina Hering.