The New Immigration

Archive Report

Appraisal of Current U.S. Immigration

Change in Policy and Attitudes in Past Decade

A new immigration is taking place in America and is once again raising a national debate on an issue that has been so emotional and troublesome in other times. Major changes in the size and characteristics of America's immigrant population have occurred in the decade since the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965. The act marked a turning point in American immigration policy by ending the long-established and long-controversial policy of using national origin as a major criterion for admitting foreigners to this country. Moreover, American attitudes toward immigration also have changed in the intervening years.

The pro-immigration sentiment that was largely responsible for eliminating the inequities of the old system has been ...

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