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Immigration Law

A guide to resources for immigration law research at Temple Law Library


The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 forms the basis of immigration law in the United States. Substantially amended since its initial passage, the INA is codified in Title 8—Aliens and Nationality of the United States Code. The text of the law is widely available:

Legislative History

HeinOnline (Temple University access) offers compiled legislative histories of the INA:

A free resource available for researching relatively recent legislative history is, though it does not include coverage as far back in time as the commercial databases. Throughout this site, you can search for committee reports, committee hearings, etc. to find relevant information to legislation of interest.