U.S. immigration law is created initially by the two houses of Congress — the House of Representatives and the Senate — who pass a bill that is then signed (or vetoed) by the President. Our New Legislation page has information about recently enacted laws and proposed new laws affecting immigration.
After immigration laws are enacted, at least four different U.S. federal agencies interpret and implement those laws, through regulations, policies, procedures, forms, instructions, and administrative decisions. Those agencies include:
- Department of Homeland Security, acting through three “bureaus”:
- U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Department of State
- Department of Labor
- Public Health Service’s Center for Disease Control
How We Can Help
Baker Donelson’s Immigration Group is familiar with the agencies that administer the U.S. immigration laws and represents clients before all of them. Our well-respected Public Policy Group represents clients before Congress and the Executive Branch to improve the laws and their interpretation.
Consult with us for assistance with a case.