Immigrants to the United States need to understand the relationship between Congress and Immigration laws.
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election. Each of the 435 members of the House of Representatives represents a district and serves a two-year term. House seats are apportioned among the states by population. The 100 Senators serve staggered six-year terms. Each state has two senators, regardless of population. Every two years, approximately one-third of the Senate is elected at a time.
Our web site enables you to find the text of immigration laws, pending immigration legislation, and to write to your Members of Congress.
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The following immigration bills were introduced in Congress in 2020:
H.R. 8089: The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act
H.R.7508: Supplemental Appropriations to USCIS
HR. 7569: Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act
House Bill: National Security Innovation Pathway Act
S. 4011: Immigration Enforcement Moratorium Act
House Bill: Coronavirus Containment Act of 2020
House Bill: Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act)
H.R. 6788: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act
H.R. 6537: Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together Act (FIRST Act)
S. ___: Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together Act (FIRST Act)
S. 3599: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act
H.R. 5971: The Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020
H.R. 2214: National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act
H.R. 5581: Access to Counsel Act of 2020
CONGRESS and IMMIGRATION
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
- Report: Unauthorized Aliens Residing in the United States: Estimates Since 1986
- How A Bill Becomes A Law
- How to Find Congressional and Governmental Documents
- Immigration Legislation
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
- House of Representatives – Judiciary Committee, Immigration Subcommittee, Legislative Hearings, WebCasts
PRACTICE ADVISORIES REGARDING CONGRESS AND IMMIGRATION
- Key Members of Congress: Trump Admin’s attempt to skirt CA detention center ban may violate federal law (11-15-19)
- Immigration Experts on Congressional Amendments and Senate Floor Immigration Debate (02-15-2018)
- Bill Introduced In Congress to Bring Deported U.S. Veterans Back Home (7-14-2016)
- What Will Congress Do on Immigration in September? (9-08-15)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.