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Immigration Law: Detention

After the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 after the September 11 attacks, the enforcement of immigration laws was transferred from the Immigration and Naturalization Service(INS) to the Department of Homeland Security.

Journal Articles

To find law journal and law review articles discussing the intersection of criminal law and immigration law, use one of the following resources available via a link from the Law Library's Research Databases page:

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • LegalTrac
  • HeinOnline's Law Journal Library


In addition, HeinOnline, Lexis and Westlaw have selective full-text coverage of law review and law journal articles.


Policy Papers

PolicyFile Index aggregates reports from hundreds of research-focused non-profit groups and think tanks.

Criminal Justice Database is a compilation of articles and reports about the criminal justice system, including articles from a corrections standpoint.

Selected Websites and Databases

The following is a non-exhaustive list of databases to which the law library subscribes, along with websites for selected groups, each with examples of tools useful for research.



This database from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a fully searchable, web-based immigration law library filled authoritative resources useful to the practice of immigration law.  It provides access to statutes, regulations, cases, AILA publications (including Kurzban's sourcebook), and nearly 200 immigration forms.  Access is restricted to current NUSL students, faculty and staff.

See, for example, the book Immigration Law and the Criminal Client (2014)


The American Immigration Council "works to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration" through policy advocacy, litigation, research, communications, and education.

The Pew Research Center, a "nonpartisan fact tank", produces demographic and social science research on immigration (among other topics). See here for reports on crime and immigration.

The United States Sentencing Commission publishes a manual on sentencing guidelines.  Each state has its own sentencing guidelines, usually on the judicial branch's website.  See, for example, Arizona's Criminal Code Sentencing Charts.