Immigration Basics

New to the U.S. immigration system? Not sure how U.S. immigration law works? The resources on this page provide a concise introduction to the U.S. immigration system, with a focus on removal issues.  These beginner-level materials cover the basic structure of U.S. immigration law – who may come to the U.S. and in what categories, and who may be deported and why. They also cover the basics of immigration court and removal proceedings, as well as detention of immigrants.  If you are new to immigration practice, these resources provide an excellent starting point.

Resources on this page include a webinar on immigration court and removal proceedings aimed at new practitioners and a fact sheet on how the U.S. immigration system works.



Practice Guide

How the U.S. Immigration System Works

American Immigration Council

U.S. immigration law is very complex. Here's basic information about how the U.S. legal immigration system is designed.

Practice Guide

Immigration Detainers: An Overview

American Immigration Council

This fact sheet explains detainers, how they are used by federal and local enforcement, and the impact they have on immigrants.

Webinars

Overview of Removal Proceedings

Immigration Justice Campaign

New to immigration court? This introductory webinar by the Immigration Justice Campaign breaks down the who, what, when, where, and how of removal proceedings and immigration court. It is aimed at practitioners with no previous experience in immigration court.

Contact Us

Have a question about volunteering? Need help? Contact us.

Hand holding protest sign

Guided Learning

New to the U.S. immigration system? The resources on this page provide a concise introduction to the U.S. immigration system, with a focus on removal issues.