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Immigration Law: Specialized Resources

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Primary Sources - Immigration Law

Primary Sources

STATUTORY

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (McCarran-Walter Act), P.L. No. 82-414, June 27, 1952, c.477, 66 Stat. 163, Title 8 U.S.C. 1101 et. seq. (As Amended) 

Significant amendments:

  • Immigration Reform and Control Act, P.L. 99-603, Nov. 6, 1986, 100 Stat. 3359
  • Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments, P.L. 99-639, 100 Stat. 3537, Nov. 10, 1986 
  • Immigration Act of 1990, P.L. 101-649, Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4978. 
  • Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of 1994, P.L. 103-322, Title IV, Subtitle G; Title XIII, 108 Stat. 1796, Sept. 13, 1994 
  • Antiterrorism and Effective Dealth Penalty Act of 1996, P.L. 104-132, Title IV, 110 Stat. 1214, April 24, 1996 
  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, P.L. 104-208 Div. C, 1996 U.S.C.C.A.N. (110 Stat.) 3009 [1570], Sept. 30, 1996 
  • USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act), P.L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat.272, Oct. 26, 2001 
  • Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, P.L. No. 107-173, 116 Stat. 543, May 14, 2002 
  • Homeland Security Act of 2002, P.L. No. 107-296, 116 Stat. 2135, Nov. 25, 2002 

Federal Immigration Laws, and Regulations KF 4805.99 U54 (Most recent on Reserve)
 
The Whole Act - INA as amended KF 4806.54 A19 P38 (Most recent on Reserve) 


Administrative

Regulations

  • Title 8 C.F.R.; Additional regulations will be found in the C.F.R. Index US 005 A3 (Fed Core)
  • Federal Immigration Laws and Regulations KF 4805.99 U54 (Most recent on Reserve)

Decisions

Operating Procedures & Guidelines

  • Gordon & Mailman, Immigration Law and Procedure KF 4819 G6 
    See Vol. 9-11

Treatises & Casebooks - Immigration Law

Treatises


Casebooks


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Online Catalog - BISON

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News & Analysis - Immigration Law

  • Bender’s Immigration Bulletin KF 4802 B46 (also Lexis* - law students only)
  • Georgetown Immigration Law Journal K 7 E64 (also HeinOnline, LEXIS*, Westlaw*)
  • Immigration Briefings KF 4802 I463 (Most recent on Reserve)
  • Immigration and nationality law review from 1986 to present in HeinOnline
  • Immigration Litigation Bulletin
    An internal publication about immigration litigation matters for attorneys within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Includes full text of of selected Immigration Litigation Bulletins released pursuant to a FOIA request (2003-present).
  • In Defense of the Alien KF 4800 A75 I52
  • International Journal of Refugee Law K9 N8489 (also HeinOnline)
  • Interpreter Releases KF 4802 I57 (Most current on Reserve) includes: Katzman, “UNHCR’s Asylum-Related Guidelines”, 81 Interpreter Release 545 (April 26, 2004)
  • Refugee Reports HV 640.4 U54 R42

Digests & Citators - Immigration Law

Digests

Patel, Patel's Immigration Law Digest: Digest of Opinions in Immigration and Nationality Cases:


​Citators

Patel's Citations KF 4812.5 P38 (Most current on Reserve); Online http://www.justice.gov/eoir/vll/intdec/VOL%2023/Notice%20Regarding.pdf

Shepard's Citations (Lexis*)
includes:

  • Immigration & Naturalization Interim Decisions (I. & N. Dec. Interim)
  • Immigration and Nationality Decisions ( I. & N. Dec.)
  • Immigration Case Reporter ( Immigr. Cas. Rep. )
  • Immigration Law and Procedure Reporter (Immigr. Law & Proc. Rep. )
  • Board of Immigration Appeals LEXIS cite ( BIA LEXIS )
  • Immigration and naturalization decisions as published in major reports of the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts
  • Immigration and Nationality law provisions of U.S. Code and CFR
  • Georgetown Immigration Law Journal ( Geo. Immigr. L.J.)

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IRIS -- IMMIGRATION LAW on CD-ROM

IRIS: Immigration Research Information Service

A CD-ROM containing primary and secondary sources of immigration law.  Last updated April 2004.
IRIS: Immigration Research Information Service KF 4819 I75 (Koren AV)

ANALYSIS

Immigration Law Service (also Westlaw*)
Full-text treatise

INS Basic Law Manual (also KF 48 21 U55 1991 )
INS publication on asylum law.

Interpreter Release (also KF 4802 I57 -Most recent on Reserve)
1987+; excludes appendices

Immigration Briefings ( also KF 4802 I463 )
1988+; excludes appendices

Martin's Asylum Case Law Sourcebook (also KF 4836 A7 M37 -Most recent in Ref; Westlaw*)
Summaries of every federal court asylum decision since 1980

UNHCR Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status (also K 3230 R45 H36 1988 -Ref)


PRIMARY SOURCES

International

  • U.N. Documents Relating to Refugees 

Judicial

Statutory

  • INA amended through P.L. 108-76 
  • 8 USCA and 18 USCA amended through P.O. 108-76 
  • Illegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 P.L. 104-208, Div. CM 

Administrative

  • CFR - All or parts of Titles 8, 20, 22, 28, 29, and 42 amended through 8/07/2003 
  • Federal Register from July, 1990+ 
  • INS Operating Instructions, Gordon & Mailman Vol. 9 (also KF 4819 G6 )
  • Foreign Affairs Manual, Gordon & Mailman Vol. 10,11 (also  KF 4819 G6 )
  • State Department analysis of its immigration and citizenship regulations;all of Vol. 9 & pt. of Vol. 7 
  • INS General Counsel Opinions No. 91-1 to 99-6

LABOR CERTIFICATION

BALCA Deskbook, Gordon & Mailman Vol. 8 (also KF 4819 G6  )
Summaries of decisions by Labor Department's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals

Dictionary of Occupational Titles (also HB 2581 U55 1991 Supp. 1993 -Lockwood Ref; Westlaw* and Lexis*
Labor Department publication of job descriptions and duties

Occupational Outlook Handbook (also HD 8051 A5 -Lockwood Reference; Lexis*; Online http://www.bls.gov/oco/)

DOL Technical Assistance Guide (also LEXIS* -  IMMTAG TAG)

Nutshells & Study Guides - Immigration Law

Practitioners' Handbooks - Immigration Law

Practitioner's Handbooks


Asylum


Detention

 


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Research Aids - Immigration Law

Research Aids

  • Chanin, Specialized Legal Research ("Immigration Law") KF 240 S69 1987 (Ref Desk)
  • Cordasco, Dictionary of American Immigration History JV 6450 D53 1990 (Ref)
  •  Mason, “Sources of International Refugee law: A Bibliography”, 8 Int. J.Ref. L. 597 (1996)  K9 N8489 (Also on HeinOnline)

Legislative History - Immigration Law

Legislative History

CIS, Congressional Information Service KF 49 C623 (Koren AV); Lexis Nexis Congressional
Franklin, Legislative History of Naturalization in the United States KF 1814 F84 1969

Hutchinson, Legislative History of American Immigration Policy, 1798 - 1965 KF 4805.8 1981

IHS, Legislative Histories - Microfiche Program (Koren AV)

  • P.L. 82-414 Immigration and Nationality Act 
  • P.L. 85-316 Immigration Act of 1957 
  • P.L. 89-236 Immigration and Nationality Amendments of 1965 

Hein, Immigration and Nationality Acts: Legislative Histories and Related Documents, [1952-1997]

Trelles & Bailey, Immigration and Nationality Acts. Legislative Histories and Related Documents 1950-1978

Bailey, Immigration and Nationality Acts. Legislative Histories and Related Documents 1977-1986 First Series

Montweiler, The Immigration Reform Law of 1986: Analysis, Text, and Legislative History KF 4806.56 A16 M66 1987

AILA, Selected Legislative History of the Immigration Act of 1990 KF 4806.52 A15 1991
Kavass & Reams, Immigration act of 1990: A Legislative History of Pub. L. No. 101-649

AILA, Selected Legislative History of the Illegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 KF 4806.57 A15 1997

Reams & Nelson, “Immigration Reform and the Simpson-Rodino Act: A Legislatiave history of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (P. L. 99-603) with Related Documents and Secondary Sources”, 22 Int’l. J.L. Information 12 (1994) K 9 N8485

Journal & Law Review Articles - Immigration Law

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Online Indexes with Foreign & International Coverage


Indexes in paper format with Foreign & International Coverage

  • Public International Law JZ 5 P83 (Ref) (1975-2000, 2006-present)
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals K33 I38 (Ref) (1960-present)
  • Szladits' Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law K38 B536 (Ref) (1984-1998)

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