Immigration and Congress

The United States Congress, the legislative branch of the United States, is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate, states are represented equally with two senators from each state, as opposed to the House where the number of representatives from each state is based on the population of each state.

Nonetheless, representatives for both the Senate and the House are directly elected by the individuals within their state–in the case of the Senate– or district–in the case of the House. The 100 senators in the Senate each serve 6-year terms and the 435 members of the House each serve 2-year terms. Every two years, one-third of the Senate is elected at a time.

The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to discuss legislation that could benefit representatives’ constituencies. Before any proposal can become law it must be put to vote in both houses of Congress and be passed by the required majority in each to move forward to the President’s desk for signing. The process for a bill to become law can take months and even years of battling in Congress.

718 La Migra is up-to-date on the new developments in Congress, particularly on immigration reform and has links to viewing laws, pending immigration-related legislation, and even contacting members of Congress.