Immigration Policy and Legislation - 115th Congress, 2017 - 2018


Immigration-Related Legislation in the 115th Congress

The NNIRR has put together a comprehensive list of the most important immigration-related bills that are currently being discussed in Congress (last updated November 8, 2017).

NNIRR Legislative Tracker

The legislation is organized both by party and by issue, and includes summaries and occassional commentary on each bill. This PDF will be updated approximately every two weeks as bills are moved through congress and as new legislation is added. 

Many of the Republican sponsored bills can be extremely detrimental to immigrant's rights and lives if they are to be passed, which is especially concerning in a Republican controlled Congress, so it is important to call your congressmen and urge them to reject these pieces of legislation. Similarly, pledging support to bills that increase immigrant rights is a big step towards getting these pieces passed in congress. 

You can find your Congressmember at this link

Major Party Platforms

The NNIRR has created a summary of the major party platforms of the democratic and republican parties relating to immigration from the 2016 election. These platforms influence the tone of the current legislation being put forth in Congress and help determine how the two sides will vote on potential bills. Read about the major party platforms here and find NNIRR's Political Party Comparison Chart here

Recent News on Legislation

Daily Kos's article "House Democrats introduce legislation to protect TPS recipients at risk of deportation"  introduces Rep. Nydia Velázquez bill, the American Promise Act, that would protect individuals currently receiving Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) from deportation. (11/3/17)

The Hill's article "Graham, Durbin Revive Bill to Help 'Dreamers'" explains the new bipartisan bill aimed at providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. 

Public Radio International's article "This Piece of Legislation Could Change the Way the US Judges Refugees" provides an analysis of H.R. 2826 the "Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017," an extremely harmful bill that attempts to further limit the acceptance of refugees into the United States. 

Politico's article "Trump Crafting Plan to Slash Legal Immigration" details a potential new piece of legislation that is slated to be introduced into congress in the coming months that would limit the legal immigration of low-skilled laborers in particular. 

The Hill's article "Bill Allocates $1.6 billion for Trump's Border Wall," describes a new piece of legislation in Congress that allocates a large sum of money from DHS funding for the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border, going against the Trump Administration's campaign promise of Mexico paying for the wall. 

The New York Times' article "Bill Would Give Green Cards to Undocumented 9/11 Volunteers" discusses a new bill that will be introduced in congress aimed at giving green cards to undocumented immigrants who volunteered to help with the cleanup following the 9/11 attacks (7/09/2017).

Common Dreams' article "Following Trump's 'Xenophobic' Playbook, House Passes Two Anti-Immigrant Bills," discusses the passing of both Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act in the House (6/29/2017).

The Hill's article "Dems Back Body Cameras for ICE Agents" details the ICE Body Camera Act of 2017 (3/13/2017).

The Huffington Post's article "House GOP Rushes to Block Federal Funds for Sanctuary Cities" discusses the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act (1/09/2017). 

Representatives Raúl Grijalva and Filemon Vela wrote a letter to House Appropriators opposing border wall funding.

Additional Resources for Current Legislation

American Immigration Lawyers Association has put together a list of pending legislation related to immigration. 

The Federation for American Immigration Reform has created a list of important immigration-related legislation. 


To view legislative and policy proposals, analysis and commentary from 2015-2016, the 114th Congress, click here.