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Resources on the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

Resources on the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

October 3, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The measure, which abolished discriminatory national-origin quotas that had limited most immigration except from northwestern Europe, dramatically altered the immigration landscape in the United States and remains the underpinning for much of the legal immigration system today. Use the resources below to learn more about the history of immigration law, including the passage and implications of the ’65 Act, and how the immigrant population in the United States has changed in the 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the transformative act into law.

Event Video
The Immigration Act of 1965: Then and Now

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of passage of the Immigration Act of 1965, this symposium focuses on the political and policy dynamics that came together to make the law possible and how it changed the U.S. legal immigration system, the country's demographics, and future. Download the transcript of the event here.


Explore the History of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

Find Out How Immigration Flows Have Changed Over Time

For more interactive data tools on changing immigration patterns in the Unites States, visit the MPI Data Hub’s U.S. Immigration Trends page

Learn About Immigrant Populations in the United States