Vol. 11, No. 1, September 2008
The U.S. CIS website is a good starting point for the immigration researcher, providing forms, decisions, reports, regulations, statistics, and manuals. The latest news and developments from the agency can be accessed from the News column. Under the Laws section, a copy of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and public laws that have amended the Act, can be located. Immigration-related C.F.R. sections are available and include historical notes and hyperlinks to other sections within the document and also to the Federal Register. A nice tool provided is the Immigration Federal Register Publications page where regulatory activity is organized year by year.
To locate statistical resources on immigration to the United States, the Census Bureau website is an excellent resource. The Census Bureau's Foreign-Born Population page outlines the three sources of data gathered by the agency. The data sources are: (1) Current Population Survey for Foreign Born Population, which includes data on the characteristics of natives and the foreign-born population; (2) Estimates and Projections of Population Movement; and (3) Information from the 1980, 1990, and 2000 Census.
The Legal Information Institute in conjunction with Cornell Law School provides an overview of the topic of immigration law. An array of primary materials is included: relevant constitutional provisions, federal statutes and regulations, judicial decisions, human rights treaties, and links to key Internet resources on the subject of immigration.
The Forum's mission is to build support for public policies that welcome immigrants to the United States. The Media section provides articles discussing current awareness topics; The Research Center includes facts on immigration such as social services, benefits, impact on the economy, and language difficulties; and Community Resources listing web links to organizations that work with immigrants.
The American Immigration Council is a non-profit organization devoted to increasing public understanding of immigration law and the value of immigration. They sponsor a variety of programs to achieve these goals. The Legal Action Center advocates for fair treatment and due process in immigration proceedings. They offer technical assistance to attorneys involved in immigration litigation. This website provides practice advisories and links to resources which may be useful in these proceedings.