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The 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act That Diversified America

The 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act That Diversified America

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Fifty years after the signing of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, over 59 million immigrants have migrated to the United States according to a report by the Pew Reseach Center.

September 30th marks 50th anniversary to the House’s agreement on the Immigration and Nationality Act and October 3rd marks its signing into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 landmarked a radical change from previous immigration policies. Prior to its signing, most immigrants to America were of European descent, primarily of the northern and western variety. The act abolished the Hart-Cellar Act which governed America’s immigration policy since the 1920s and replaced it with a system focused more on an immigrant’s skills and existing family relationship within the United States.

Over the past 50 years, the Act has drastically changed the face of our nation. Its signing has directly affected the changing face of America by pushing the country’s foreign-born inhabitants to a record 14%. Population projections estimate by 2065, foreign-born immigrants will account for 103 million of America’s predicted 441 million people. By 2042, reports predict whites will no longer constitute the majority of the US population with minority groups outnumbering white non-Hispanic Americans.

Numbers took a halt in 2005 when the US saw a downslide in immigrant arrivals. A couple factors came into play including the recession, increased difficulties in crossing the Mexican border, but also because many people were now coming into America legally. People are migrating to pursue education, athletics and work in high-profile industries. In other words, the Immigration Act is doing its job by enticing highly skilled workers to migrate to America.

White Plains Immigration Attorney Susan B. Henner practices exclusively within the field of immigration law. She is experienced in handling all types of immigration cases from business-related immigration matters and visa petitions to deportation cases. If you are in need of Immigration Attorney services for any reason, call Attorney Henner at 914-358-5200.

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