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There are both Federal and State laws that govern immigrants and immigration. Title 8 of The Code of Federal Regulations is a good place to get a quick overview of the basic legal framework governing immigration at the Federal level. There are many areas of law -- for example, employment law -- that are also relevant. For a broad overview, click on the second link, immediately below.
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Hundreds of bills that would affect immigration law have been filed during the 109th Congress. Here are a few of the major bills currently proposed:
(Note: For an overview of the legislative process, see How a Bill Becomes a Law.)
RESOURCES for further research
Below is a sampling of advocacy groups representing diverse perspectives on immigration reform. The first set comprises groups tending to favor regularizing the status of immigrants and liberalizing the laws that govern it.
The links in this set are to groups that tend, in general, to favor restricting immigration and tightening current laws.