Immigration has been a hot-button topic at nearly every Republican and Democratic debate. The candidates can't seem to agree on the best way to handle the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and the continuous border crossing attempts made by others, many of whom are children trying to escape drug and gang violence. Those in favor of immigration reform argue that undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States since childhood deserve a path to citizenship, and believe many are an integral part of the workforce, especially in the agricultural industry. Opponents argue that Americans are put at risk because of weak borders and economic competition from immigrants, and that undocumented immigrants cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. The Syrian refugee crisis has only further intensified this debate.
HeinOnline has a monumental collection of the most important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States. Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S. also contains current hearings, debates, and recent developments in immigration law. Search the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Precedent Decisions, which includes the most current opinions and decisions of the U.S. Department of Justice concerning immigration policy and practice, by decision number or by using the A-Z title index:
This collection also contains Title 8: Aliens and Nationality from both the Code of Federal Regulations and the U.S. Code, as well as compiled federal legislative histories on immigration law, including:
- Immigration and Nationality Acts, Legislative Histories and Related Documents 1950-1978
- Immigration and Nationality Acts, Legislative Histories and Related Documents 1977-1986
- Legislative History of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
- Legislative History of the Immigration Amendments of 1988
- Immigration Act of 1990: A Legislative History of Pub. L. No. 101-649
- Reports of the Immigration Commission
- Digest of Immigration Laws and Decisions
- Immigration and Nationality Act, Annotated, with Rules and Regulations
- Citizenship of the United States of America
- History of American Immigration, 1820-1924
- How to Become a Citizen of the United States
Recently, two completed publications from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants were added:
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