LEGAL RESEARCH IN IMMIGRATION LAW

Legislative History Sources

For additional information on doing research on legislative history on immigration law go
to the law library website at

• A Compilation of Messages and Papers of the Presidents
(Documents since 1993 are located at
• Weekly Compilation of Presidential Document
• CIS Annual & CIS Congressional Universe (covers congressional documents from 1789 to the
present (available on campus through the intranet)
• Hard copies of committee reports are available from the 94th Congress to the present,
microfiche documents are available from the 23rd Congress to the present

• INA Legislative History and Related Document, Oscar Trelles & James Bailey
• Immigration and Nationality Acts Legislative History, James Bailey
• U.S. Code & Congressional and Administrative News

Congressional Record


Immigration Law & Procedure, Charles Gordon, Stanley Mailman and Stephen Yale-Loehr
(Bender) [20 volumes]
Immigration Law Service, 2d Anna Marie Gallagher (West) [11 volumes]
Immigration Law & Defense (West)
Immigration Law & Crimes, Dan Kesselbrenner & Lory D. Rosenberg (West)
Immigration Law & Business, Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Alfred J. Del Rey Jr. & Sam Bernsen


Interpreter Releases (West)
Immigration Briefings (West)
Immigration Business News & Comment (West)
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

Statutes & Regulations

Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended

Titles 8, 20 (parts 400-499, and 500-end), 22, 28, and 42 (parts 1-399) of the Code of Federal
Regulations -
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Federal Register -

List of proposed rules, notice, etc. appearing in the federal register

Relevant Governmental Websites

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services –
U.S. Customs and Border Protection –
Executive Office for Immigration Review -
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration -
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs -

Congressional website -

Policy Manuals

Operation Instructions – Combined manual for USCIS, CBP and ICE
Foreign Affairs Manual – U.S. Department of State
Technical Assistance Guide – U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training

Other Sources

Congressional Research Service Reports – JK1108 M255 (a useful guide to CRS Reports can be
located at

Lexis and Westlaw Legislative databases

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