FamilySearch: Expanded Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957 Online

FamilySearch: Expanded Ellis Island Immigrant Records 1820-1957 Online. “What do over a 100 million Americans have in common? Their ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island or one of the New York Harbor immigration stations that preceded it. FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are now available online on both websites giving the opportunity to the descendants of over 100 million arrivals to discover their ancestors quicker and free of charge.”

Early Arrival: New Database Casts Light on NYC ICE arrests (Documented NY)

Documented NY: Early Arrival: New Database Casts Light on NYC ICE arrests. “Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights created the database, which spans from 2013 until today, using data they gathered through two state initiatives: the Regional Immigration Assistance Centers and the Immigrant Family Unity Project.”

Gizmodo: A Twitter Bot Has Joined the Immigration Battle to Fight ICE With Facts

Gizmodo: A Twitter Bot Has Joined the Immigration Battle to Fight ICE With Facts. “A bot on Twitter is sharing images of all 212 immigration detention centers along with the address and demographic information of each location, tossing cold, hard facts into the heated online debate over immigration in America.”

‘ICE Is Everywhere’: Using Library Science To Map The Separation Crisis (Wired)

Wired: ‘ICE Is Everywhere’: Using Library Science To Map The Separation Crisis. “Since May, the US government had taken more than 2,300 kids away from their families as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, which calls for criminally prosecuting all people entering the country illegally…. Between the ad-hoc implementation of ‘zero tolerance’ and the opaque bureaucracy of the immigration system in general, migrant advocates, journalists, and even politicians struggled to find clear answers. [Alex] Gil, a father of two, knew they could be useful. As the digital scholarship librarian at Columbia University, Gil’s job is to use technology to help people find information—skills he had put to use in times of crisis before.”

Berkeley News: New website amplifies refugee voices amid immigration crackdowns

Berkeley News: New website amplifies refugee voices amid immigration crackdowns. “To humanize the growing refugee crisis, researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Davis have launched an interactive website that maps the perilous ordeals of thousands of displaced people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia through their own personal stories and social media posts.”

How to Tell If That Online Fundraiser Will Actually Help Immigrant Children at the Border

Motherboard: How to Tell If That Online Fundraiser Will Actually Help Immigrant Children at the Border. “As we’ve all become increasingly aware of the thousands of migrant children separated from their families and detained at the US border, many people have understandably had the urge to try to help. But how can you be sure that online campaign you’re clicking ‘donate’ on is legitimate?”

USA Today: Was one of your ancestors on the Mayflower? You can find out now

USA Today: Was one of your ancestors on the Mayflower? You can find out now. “Are you related to one of America’s first immigrants? A new “Pilgrim database” from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will let you know for sure.”