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Migration and Immigration

Information sources related to immigrants, refugees, and asylees


The wide range of sources and topics related to immigration law are beyond the scope of this guide.  Below, on this page, you will find general resources related to immigration law.  In addition, the UC Berkeley Law Library offers focused research guides on global migration issues, immigration executive orders, and refugee law.

 If you want to dig deeper into this topic, you also may want to take a look at any or all of these library research guides:

General Legal Organizations and Resources

  • Immigration Laws and Current Immigration Legislation
    • The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks and summarizes enacted laws and adopted resolutions related to immigration and immigrants in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  You can search legislation for each year from 2008 to 2017 by topic, state, keyword, year, status (adopted/enacted), bill number, or primary sponsor. 

  • TRAC Immigration Tools
    • TRAC's Immigration Project offers a variety of tools and applications to make the data we gather available in an understandable way. Rather than requesting documents, TRAC uses FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to obtain data from the government's own internal databases.  In addition to various datasets, TRAC offers information on various types of court decisions, relevant US Code, and a search function for civil lawsuits.
  • American Immigration Council
    • The Council employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications.  The site includes both general and state-specific fact sheets.
  • National Immigration Law Center
    • Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.
  • Rights in Exile Programme
    • The Rights in Exile Programme works to achieve better protection of refugee rights by networking legal assistance providers with resources and training, and facilitating access to free legal assistance and information for refugees around the world.
  • Immigration Law on
    • contains free, up-to-date, and easily understandable legal information and tools; this page presents legal resources related to immigration.