Immigration challenges my conscience. On one hand, I believe immigration borders should be opened for those who are seeking new opportunities as well as political refuge. On the other hand, with unrestricted borders, the hosting country is obligated to ensure a basic standard of living to its residents. This dilemma creates the existing immigration environment: restricted borders with an influx of illegal immigration. For me, the moral dilemma becomes the standard of living illegal immigrants are subjected to once they arrive; often a life that is equally challenging to the land they immigrated from.
The New York Times is running a feature on immigration -- both legal and illegal immigration as experienced by a family of sisters. The story, "Three Sisters", chronicles the experience of three sisters as they immigrated from Mexico to the United States. I found all three articles fascinating, yet I highly recommend reading "Fear and Hope in Immigrant's Furtative Existance", the story of Veronica and her family as they live as illegal immigrants in San Antonio, Texas.
In addition, if you are seeking book recommendations for summer reading, I am in the middle of a wonderful book The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. In the story, Biju illegally immigrates to the United States and the story of his desparate struggle to live and work is equally compelling and heartbreaking.