Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 also known as the Hart–Celler Act, is a federal law passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The bill received wide support from both Democratic and Republican members of Congress.
During the 1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement, the earlier Immigration Act of 1924 became criticized. Jewish influence has been argued to have been important, as discussed in the "External links" section.
Though proponents of the bill had alleged that it would not have a major effect on the total level of immigration or the demographic mix of the United States, the act greatly increased the total number of immigrants coming to the United States, as well as the share of immigrants coming to the United States from non-traditional areas.
- Jewish Involvement in Shaping American Immigration Policy, 1881-1965: A Historical Review
- The Legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act: Three Decades of Mass Immigration