To better understand the merits & deficiencies of current immigration proposals, get an overview of the immigration situation & legislation considered by the previous Congress in the CRS Report “Immigration Legislation and Issues in the 112th Congress”, R42036. Author Andorra Bruno, CRS Specialist in Immigration Policy, summarizes immigration-related issues that received legislative action or are of significant congressional interest. The report, issued in December 2012, covers categories such as border security, electronic employment eligibility verification, immigrant detention, and science, technology, engineering & mathematics visas. Abundant documentation includes citations to government publications, prior legislation, bills from both houses, GAO reviews & court decisions. Some law libraries provide electronic access to CRS Reports through ProQuest Congressional. If you cannot access ProQuest Congressional, find a slightly older version of the report here.