The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides the foundation for immigration law. It was passed in 1952 and has been amended several times since (The USCIS wepage provides a list of amendments to the INA by public law number since the 99th Congress). The INA is found in Title 8 of the United States Code.
The following is a guide to finding the Immigration and Naturalization Act and other applicable statutes.
United States Code
For many federal immigration laws, there are compiled legislative histories available in the Library. These compilations usually include bills, Congressional Record debates, reports and hearings. To find a compiled legislative history, try a keyword search in GULLiver, such as immigration and nationality act and legislative history. For complete legislative history information, read our Legislative History Research Guide. Good starting places for legislative history research include:
This guide makes no attempt to detail proposed immigration bills. Rather, a search for "immigration" in Thomas' Legislation in Current Congress database will retrieve these bills and provide their status. Additionally, here are other that monitor proposed legislation: