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Immigration & Asylum Resources: Primary Law

AILALink

The law library has a limited user subscription to AILALink, an online research platform created and maintained by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILALink includes immigration statutes and regulations, case law, agency decisions and guidance documents, government manuals and AILA-produced reports and materials. It also provides access to AILA's secondary sources including Kurzban's Immigration Law Source Book and the AILA's Asylum Primer among many others. For more information, please contact reference@law.villanova.edu 

Statutes

Statue of LibertyThe main statute governing U.S. immigration law is the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended (INA). The current text of the INA is codified in Title 8 of the U.S. Code, Aliens and Nationality. In addition, some other titles of the U.S. Code contain provisions relating to immigration, including Title 20, Employee Benefits, Title 22, Foreign Relations, and Title 29, Labor.

Print & Online Sources for Statutory Immigration Law

Immigration Dockets & Court Documents

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Immigration Law Jury Instructions, Verdicts, & Settlements

Immigration Law Terms

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Regulations

Several titles of the Code of Federal Regulations have provisions relating to immigration, including Title 8, Aliens and Nationality, Title 22, Foreign Relations, and Title 20, Employee Benefits

Judicial Decisions

Most judicial cases involving immigration are decided in federal court. Therefore, the decisions will be in various federal reporters (such as Federal Reporter, Federal Supplement, Supreme Court Reporter, and so on). These reporters are available in print in the library and online on Lexis and Westlaw, as well as other on online databases and on some court websites.  Finally, both Lexis Advance (IMMIG; COURTS) (or search by individual reporter name) and  Westlaw  (or browse by selecting Statutes or the Immigration Practice Area link) offer databases compiling federal cases involving immigration.

Immigration Forms & Sample Pleadings