1965: Immigration Act: Its Legacy and Lessons

Image: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Immigration Act as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and others look on, at Liberty Island, New York, October 3, 1965. (Photo: LBJ Presidential Library) Following the national origins quota system that denied immigrants from certain countries admission into the US, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act transformed US immigration policy. It allowed more Asians in, but denied many Latinos, resulting in increased undocumented immigration into the US.  October marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law at a public ceremony held at the base of the Statute of Liberty. The act is rightly celebrated for dismantling the infamous “national origins” quota system that gave special preference to immigrants from Western Europe while effectively barring newcomers from […] Read More