The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: A Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Michael C. LeMay California State University San Bernardino, Emeritus
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  • ISBN-10: 1440868980
  • ISBN-13: 9781440868986
  • DDC: 342.7308
  • 344 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released September 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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The United States has the most diverse population of any country in the world and is widely thought of as a nation of immigrants. U.S. immigration has been and continues to be a contentious political, cultural, and social issue. Much of current immigration policy is based on the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, a law advocated by former President John F. Kennedy to establish a preference system of legal immigration. This book provides an authoritative analysis of current U.S. immigration law, the 1965 Act, its precursor laws, their failure to resolve many critical problems, and how and why the law was passed. It describes and profiles all the major actors and organizations that determine the politics of US immigration policy and details the impact-both foreseen and unanticipated-that the 1965 Act has had on the economy, culture, demographics, and societal diversity. Also lists the most important documents, governmental data, and scholarly discourse on U.S. immigration.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Tables.
Series Foreword.
Historical Overview.
1: Precursor Laws of American Immigration Policy.
2: Enacting the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
3: The Significance of the 1965 Act.
4: Analytical Essays.
Biographical Essays.
5: Seven Presidents Who Played Major Roles In Immigration Policy Reform:.
6: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969).
7: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963).
8: Edward “Ted” Kennedy (1932–2009).
9: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–1973).
10: Ronald Reagan (1911–2004).
11: George Walker Bush (1946–).
12: Barack Obama (1961–).
13: Donald J. Trump (1946–).
14: Key Legislators.
15: Authors of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
16: Francis Eugene Walter (1894–1963).
17: Author/Sponsors of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
18: Authors/Sponsors of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).
19: Biographical Essays of Two Implementers of Immigration Law as AG of the United States and Head of the Department of Justice:.
Primary Documents.
20: George Washington: Letter on America as Asylum, December 2, 1783.
21: The Alien and Sedition Act of 1798, June 25, 1798.
22: Millard Fillmore: Speech on the American Party Principles, June 26, 1856.
23: Chester Arthur: Veto Message of the Chinese Laborer Exclusion Bill, May 1882.
24: “Gentleman's Agreement”: Executive Order No. 589, March 14, 1907.
25: Political Party Positions on Immigration for the 1928 Presidential Campaign.
26: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, June 27, 1952.
27: Title II—Immigration.
28: Harry S. Truman: Veto Message of the Immigration and Nationality Bill, June 28, 1952.
29: Immigration and Nationality Act of October 3, 1965 (Re: Amending the Act of June 27, 1952).
30: Lyndon B. Johnson: Remarks at the Signing of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, October 3, 1965.
31: The Refugee Act, March 17, 1980.
32: Ronald Reagan: Statement on U.S. Immigration and Refugee Policy, July 30, 1981.
33: INS v. Chadha et al., 1983.
34: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
35: Jean v. Nelson, 1986.
36: The Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT), November 29, 1990.
37: California's Proposition 187, November 1994.
38: LULAC et al. v. Wilson et al., 1995.
39: Executive Order 13780—Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, 2017.
40: Trump v. Hawaii, Supreme Court Case 17-965, Syllabus.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael C. LeMay

Michael LeMay is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University-San Bernardino. He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota (1971). Before teaching at CSUSB he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Governmental Affairs. He was also Professor and Chair of the Department at the Frostburg State University in Maryland. Of his many publications, his ten political science books include four that are related to his area of special expertise--United States immigration policy. He is published in such journals as American Politics Quarterly, National Civic Review, International Migration Review, Social Science Quarterly, Southeastern Political Review, Journal of American Ethnic History, and Teaching Political Science. He is author of 11 books, including several relating to immigration policy and to minority group politics: THE STRUGGLE FOR INFLUENCE (1985, University Press of America); OPEN DOOR TO DUTCH DOOR (1987, Praeger Press); THE GATEKEEPERS (1989, Praeger Press); ANATOMY OF A PUBLIC POLICY (1994, Praeger Press); GATEWAYS TO AMERICAN IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY (eds. with Elliott Barkan, 1999, Greenwood Press); THE PERENNIAL STRUGGLE (2004, Prentice-Hall), PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (2006, Wadsworth Publishing), and U.S. IMMIGRATION: A REFERENCE HANDBOOK (2004: ABC-CLIO). He has served as a consultant to the Office of Personnel, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and to numerous city and county agencies in Wisconsin.