Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965

“No person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of his race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence, except as specifically provided in section 101 (a) (27), section 201 (b), and section 203:”

Prior to this Act, the immigration reform was based on national-origin quota system in 1924, which considered ones nationality under a quota. The civil rights movement helped people see how this quota was discriminatory. In 1965 another act was in place to change this quota. Immigration worked to keep families together, by allowing an entire family to enter. Skilled workers and people of use to the United States were allowed in. This benefited the United States as well as these immigrants. This law changed the type of immigrants that would come in because it looked at every immigrant with an equal chance to become a citizen in the United States. Before this act, most immigrants came from Europe and Canada. However, once this act was passed, the majority of immigrants came from Latin America and Asia. This act also saw the population of the United States grow at a substantially higher rate than the years before this act. Women in foreign countries were now able to come into the United States just like the men were.

Sources: Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, § Sec. 2-202 a.

Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965

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