More Liberal Than We Thought: A Note on Immediate Family Member Immigrants of U.S. Citizens

Reimers, David M.
April 2013
Journal of Policy History;Apr2013, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p288
Academic Journal
The article discusses the history of immediate family member immigration to the U.S. Particular focus is given to the U.S. Hart-Celler Act of 1965, which allows for the immigration of spouses, unmarried minor children, and parents of adult U.S. citizens without limitation in numbers. Details on the effects of subsequent, quota-based immigration laws on immediate family member immigration are presented. It is suggested that although the Hart-Celler Act was designed to eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination without significantly increasing overall immigration, immediate family member immigration became a major source for immigration to the U.S. Topics discussed include chain migration and the effects of anti-immigrant legislation on immigrants' decisions to naturalize.


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