Keeping Current with Immigration Law and Policy
Heritage Report Criticizes Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Controversial Heritage Foundation report says comprehensive immigration reform proposal will cost the federal government $6.3 trillion over 50 years.
U.S. Allows Cuban Migrants Different Treatment
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy.
Obama Changes Immigration Rule
The Obama administration will change rules to allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the United States with their families while seeking legal status.
Rick Perry on Immigration
Texas Gov. Rick Perry irked conservatives when he signed a version of the DREAM Act.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States.
Newt Gingrich on Immigration
Newt Gingrich has more moderate positions on U.S. immigration than most of his Republican rivals.
Skilled Immigrants Create Jobs in U.S.
Highly skilled immigrants create jobs for American workers.
DHS Names Public Advocate
The Homeland Security Department named Andrew Lorenzen-Strait to be its new public advocate.
DREAM Act Study Finds Potential Windfall
UCLA study finds that the DREAM Act would enable undocumented immigrant students to pump billions into the U.S. economy.
Herman Cain on Immigration
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain opposes comprehensive immigration reform.
Michele Bachmann on Immigration
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann holds conservative positions on immigration policy.
'Arizona Accord' Counters Controversial Law
Arizona Accord seeks to take some of the sting out of the state's stringent immigration law.
Jon Huntsman on Immigration
Jon Huntsman takes moderate stands on immigration policy.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced Degrees
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
What Is the Border Security Trigger?
The Senate's comprehensive immigration reform plan calls for border security triggers to be met before immigrants living in the country illegally can move forward on a pathway toward citizenship.
Ron Paul on Immigration
Republican Ron Paul sticks to libertarian beliefs when it comes to immigration.
Obama's Immigration Record
President Obama couldn't deliver on comprehensive immigration reform during his first term but says he's determined to do it in his second.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes 13-year path to citizenship.
What is the government’s Secure Communities program?
The government's Secure Communities deportation program has faced critics, changes.
Immigration Holds Are Costly
Federal immigration holds are burden to jails and cost local governments plenty, University of Washington study finds.
Obama, Romney Debate Immigration
President Obama and Mitt Romney had a lot to say about immigration during their second presidential debate at Hofstra University in October.
A Reprieve for Same-Sex Couples
Obama administration's immigration officials to recognize same-sex partners as family members when considering their legal status in deportation cases.
State Legislatures Back Off Immigration Issues in 2012
State legislatures back off immigration issues in 2012 and write fewer immigration laws.
How To Visit the U.S. Without a Visa
The United States' Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals to come here for up to 90 days for business or travel without applying for a visa.
Arrest Record Can Thwart 'Deferred Action' Request
Undocumented immigrants who want to take advantage of the Obama administration's "deferred action" designation to avoid deportation must clear a criminal background check.
Obama Gives Reprieve to Illegal Immigrant Youths
President Obama announces plan to allow children of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally.
Immigrants Who Buy U.S. Homes Could Qualify for Visas
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
Congress Considers Blue Cards for Farmworkers
Congress is considering overhauling the agriculture industry's guest worker program.
What is E-Verify?
E-Verify is a federally run computer database that allows employers and businesses to check the immigration status of prospective employees before hiring them.
Arguments Against Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform say that allowing legal residency to the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country amounts to amnesty that will encourage more migrants to cross the U.S. border illegally.
What Is the Plan for National IDs?
Some supporters of comprehensive immigration reform believe all Americans and U.S. residents should have national ID card to verify who they are and what they're doing in the country.
Arizona Senate Bill 1070 - Do You Support Senate Bill 1070
On April 23, 2010 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, known as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." The controversial bill gives Arizona law enforcement the authority to stop individuals suspected of being in the country illegally, detain them while verifying immigration status, and arrest undocumented immigrants for transfer to ICE custody. Readers explain w…
Change the U.S. Immigration System - What Would You Change About the …
The U.S. immigration system is broken--everyone agrees on that point--and there are many opinions on how best to fix our immigration system. If you had your way, what is the first thing that you would change about the U.S. immigration system?
HIV/AIDS Immigration Ban Repealed
On July 16, 2008, the U.S. Senate passed the PEPFAR bill, which included an addendum to lift an Immigration and Naturalization Act policy banning HIV-positive immigrants from entering the country.
Uniting American Families Act - Immigration Bill for Same-Sex Couples
Under the current Immigration and Nationality Act, same-sex couples do not have the same immigration rights as heterosexual. Learn more about this bill. Links to track its status in both the House and Senate are provided.
Obama's Views on Immigration Reform
A quick overview of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans for immigration reform. From US Liberal Politics Guide, Deborah White.
USCIS Laws, Regulations and Guides
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services maintains this legal information page with information on current immigration laws. You will also find handbooks and manuals used by immigration officers, as well as guides created to help you through the immigration process.
Center for Immigration Studies
Founded in 1985, CIS is "the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States."
The Constitution says that children born in the United States automatically become American citizens.
Eric Holder Has Battled State Lawmakers, Congress
Eric Holder's first three years as U.S. attorney general have included legal fights with Congress and the states over restrictive immigration laws.
Tough Laws Driving Immigrants Underground
Tough new state and local laws are changing the behavior of immigrants in communities.
'Self Check' for Immigrant Workers
Government's 'Self Check' Program allows immigrant workers to verify their status and eligibility.
Profile of Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio wants his Republican Party to take more moderate positions on immigration.
The Debate Over Self-Deportation
Many Republicans support self-deportation policy as a solution to reduce illegal immigrant population in country.
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
U.S. Officials Investigate Baseball Visa Fraud
Major League Baseball and U.S. immigration officials dealing with immigration visa fraud scams.
Mayors' Study Calls for Visa Reforms
Mayors' study supports making more visas available for highly skilled immigrants and foreign workers.
Arguments Against Arizona Law
Opponents of Arizona's immigration law and those that followed believe they are unconstitutional, promote profiling and damage local economies.
Profile of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was an enthusiastic opponent of illegal immigration and supporter of the controversial law Senate Bill 1070 when she signed it into law.
Congress Legislation Cracks Down on ex-Americans
Congress considers crackdown against people such as Denise Rich and Eduardo Saverin who renounce their U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes.
Kansas' Kobach Wrote Arizona Immigration Law
Kris Kobach is the author behind Arizona's controversial immigration law and those that followed in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
USCIS Director Mayorkas Outlines Rule Changes
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas answers questions about rule change for undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen relatives.
Illegal Immigrant Solutions - What Should the U.S. do About Its Illeg…
Illegal immigration and undocumented people already within the U.S. is an issue that will be part of comprehensive immigration reform. Tell others what you would want included in the new legislation.
Rick Santorum on Immigration
Rick Santorum believes undocumented immigrants are criminals.
The Top Immigration Embarrassments of 2011
Where there's immigration law and politics, there's bound to be embarrassment. And 2011 had plenty of it.
USCIS Goes After Scammers
USCIS trying to shut down websites that scam immigrants with fraudulent legal services.
Republican Version of DREAM Act
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio writes a Republican version of the DREAM Act.
Study: State Immigration Laws Hinder Police
Study finds that harsh state immigration laws hinder police and make communities less safe.
Alabama Immigration Law Hurting Economy
Dr. Samuel Addy studied Alabama's immigration law and found it is doing great damage to the state's economy.
Changes for STEM Immigrants
The Obama administration has changed immigration rules to make it easier for immigrants with STEM skills to stay in the U.S.
Biden's Record on Immigration
Vice President Joe Biden will play a leading role in arguing the Obama administration's case for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act during the campaign.
Frequently asked questions about the Obama administration's new policy toward...
Frequently asked questions about the Obama administration's new policy toward young undocumented immigrants.
Supreme Court Rejects Most of Arizona Immigration Law
The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, rejected most of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law and sent a message to state legislatures about federal sovereignty when it comes to making laws aimed at illegal immigrants.
What Health Care Ruling Means for Immigrants
Supreme Court ruling means immigrants with legal residency can buy health care insurance but undocumented immigrants are excluded.
Human Trafficking Victimizes Immigrants, U.S. Stiffens Sanctions
Millions of immigrants worldwide are victims of human trafficking, and President Obama announces new measures to help fight it.
Catholic Bishops Back Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Catholic bishops adopt a policy that supports comprehensive immigration reform, the DREAM Act and a guest-worker program.
The Case for Workplace Enforcement
Enhancing workplace enforcement through E-Verify is an important part of the comprehensive immigration reform debate in Congress.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation for young illegal immigrants.
Study Shows Arizona Law Hurts State Economy
Arizona Economic Study by Center for American Progress finds that state's hardline immigration law is hurting the economy and eliminating jobs.
The Gang of Eight
'Gang of Eight' in Senate negotiates a compromise legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.
Supreme Court Limits Automatic Deportation
Supreme Court rules that Jamaican immigrant green-card holder can't be automatically deported for conviction on minor drug charge.