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LAW 690B - Human Rights Advocacy (Prof. Ludsin, Spring 2024)

U.S. Immigration Law: Books and Treatises

  • Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Outline and Reference Tool (KF4819.3 .K87 2018 and earlier editions)
  • Immigration Law and Procedure (Gordon, Mailman, Yale-Loehr, and Wada) (Lexis)
  • Steel on Immigration Law (Westlaw)
  • Immigration Procedures Handbook (Westlaw)
  • Immigration Law & Crimes (Westlaw)
  • Immigration Law & Defense (Westlaw): Includes chapters and sample motions on political asylum 

U.S. Immigration Law: Other Resources

‚ÄčResearch Guides:

Government Publications:

Legislative Histories:

Database Practice Centers:

Practice Center pages from Westlaw and Lexis combine cases, statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, secondary sources, forms and news.


Immigration Caselaw

Lexis: All Immigration Law Cases: Immigration cases from District Courts, Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. Lexis also has Immigration Law briefs, pleadings, and motions.

Lexis: All Immigration Law Administrative Materials: BIA Precedent and Non-precedent decisions. Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer Immigration Review Decisions. 

Westlaw: Immigration CasesDistrict Courts, Courts of Appeal, Supreme Court. Westlaw also has immigration briefs, motions, and pleadings.

Westlaw: Immigration Administrative Decisions & GuidanceUSCIS Administrative Appeals Office Decisions. EOIR: BIA Decisions and Memoranda, Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer Decisions.

Hein Online: Immigration Law & Policy in the US: BIA Precedent Decisions. Supreme Court Briefs. CRS Reports. 

Executive Office for Immigration Review: BIA Precedent Decisions, OCAHO Published Decisions, Indexes to Agency Decisions by topic, and BIA interim decisions. You can subscribe to BIA precedent decisions. EOIR also has litigation notices and a large datafile of the agency's case file electronic database. 

USCIS Adopted Administrative Appeals Office DecisionsNon-precedent decisions available as policy guidance.

Bloomberg LawSearchable federal dockets and court documents from PACER. 

Justia Dockets & Filings on ImmigrationFind dockets by circuit and court, with links to PACER.


Treatises and Practice Guides:

  • Law of Asylum in the United States (Treatise on Westlaw)
  • AILA Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure (Law Library KF4836 .G47 2015)
  • Basic Procedural Manual for Asylum Representation Affirmatively and in Removal Proceedings (National Immigrant Justice Center)
  • Self Help Asylum Guide: Seeking Protection in the United States (Penn State Law)
  • Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy (JSTOR) : Empirical study of asylum rulings


  • Asylum Case Law Sourcebook (Westlaw): Abstracts and citations of federal court decisions on asylum.
  • Search for asylum cases in BIA decisions on Lexis, Westlaw, Hein Online, and the EOIR website
  • Trac Immigration: Asylum Decisions: Data on asylum decisions by court, nationality, date, and outcome. The database also has reports on DHS enforcement and government studies on immigration.
  • UNHCR RefworldSearch or browse cases related to refugees by country of origin or asylum, legal instrument, date, jurisdiction, judicial body, or full text. Refworld also has country reports, national legislation, and policy papers.

Country of Origin Information:

Immigration Detention Centers

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Find facilities as well as Detention Standards, policies, and statistics.

Medical Processes and Communication Protocols Need Improvement at Irwin County Detention Center: US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Jan. 3, 2022 report, OIG-22-14. 

Books and treatises:


The 287(g) Program

CRS Report IF11898: The 287(g) Program: State and Local Immigration Enforcement

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: National Map of 287(g) Agreements. The ILRC has also an Ending 287(g) Toolkit for Local Organizers and other resources

American Immigration Council: The 287(g) Program: An Overview

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement: ICE's 287(g) Program: List of the participating local law enforcement agencies, with their Memoranda of Agreement



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