Immigration Policy Guide: Find Government Information

Research guide for CUSSW course on Immigration Policy

Using Government Information

Some useful places to begin:

  • U.S. Congress. Congressional Budget Office: The CBO publishes numerous publications relating to national security, including:
  • Congressional Publications: Access to hearings, committee prints, CRS reports, legislative histories, the Congressional Record, federal regulations, and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. Many documents are in full text and cover the years 1789 to the present; others are citations that are available in full text in print or microform in the library.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports: CRS, a branch of the Library of Congress, prepares research reports at the request of members of Congress, their staff, and Congressional committees.
  • : News and analysis service tracks legislation before Congress, status of bills and bill summaries, committee coverage votes analysis, etc. 
  • CQ Homeland Security: Provides up-to-date comprehensive intelligence and security information.
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) : Known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

  • US Trade Representatives Office Topics: USTR is an agency with decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. It negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations.

For more see the Government Information portal at Columbia.

U.S. Government Websites

  • National Archives: Links and indexes to government publications in the National Archives.
  • : Provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.
  • Official guide to government information and services

Local Government

U.S Departments

  • Department of Homeland Security: On March 1, 2003, the majority of 180,000 employees from 22 agencies were merged to create the 15th department in the federal government. The department has three primary missions: prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
  • U.S. Department of Justice -- Executive Office for Immigration Review" Information about immigration cases. 
  • Department of State: The Department of State is the primary source of foreign affairs information for the U.S. Government and is responsible for implementing the President's foreign policies.
    • Don't forget that the State Department has had many versions of their website that can be accessed at their web-archive. 
    • Background Notes - U.S. Department of State: Brief profiles of most countries of the world. Includes information on government type and structure, names of major government officials, and an overview of foreign relations

Government Organizations

  • National Security Council: Since its inception under President Truman, the function of the Council has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies.
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services: The government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection: Information about border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection. 

ProQuest Tools

  • ProQuest Congressional: This is the most comprehensive online resource available for congressional publications and legislative research. 
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight: This is a federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full-text publications relevant to enacted U.S. public laws. 

International Government Information