|Immigration Act 1965 Asian American Impact
An immigration act that could help the Asian Americans, but would it be successful enough to stop the inequality of the Asian Americans?
The immigration act was implemented in 1965 because they wanted to show how U.S.A wasn’t a racial country by the current civil right movements that had been happening all over U.S.A by the African Americans and Asian Americans. It affected the immigration from non- western countries, mainly the Asian countries, as the legislation was passed to allow Chinese, Filipino and Asian Indians to become U.S.A citizens.
The Cold War helped the immigration act to be performed and active, as President Kennedy and Johnson had a vision to show that America is not full of racial and ethnic discrimination but a country that consists of freedom, democracy and capitalism.
The Immigration act benefited the Asian U.S.A citizen’s family as allowed them to bring back their relatives and family members. However, there were rules and regulations that had to be passed for their relatives and family members to be brought into U.S.A. Some included: Professionals who were highly talented, unmarried children under the age of 21 who originated from a U.S.A citizen and spouses and unmarried children of permanent residents.
It may have shown a glimpse of hope for the Asian Americans to have more rights. American Asians would be able to have a larger activism group, which might show the numbers of Asian Americans that are being affected. It also that believed that it will lower the chances of discrimination they would face, as the increase amount of Asian Americans would be able to defend each other.
This changed after few years as the immigrants were most likely already permanent residents, which in the long term was great for them as, they were able to get a citizenship status later on which would allow them to also be part of the ‘family reunification’. Therefore, allowing more Asian backgrounds to enter into U.S.A, increasing the population of Asians to be present in America rather than just a country filled with just a western cultural background.
The outcome of the immigration act wasn’t expected by the American community with a large spike of more Asian immigrants. The Statistics Abstracts of U.S showed the increase of Asian Americans. 30 years after the immigration act was implemented the population of Asian Americans increased to an approximate of 7,331,500 Asian Americans.
The increased of Asian Americans helped to rebuild America to be a less racial country with less ethnic discrimination. This was proven by the few rights they were able to gain through the immigration act of 1965.
Staff Writer Nathaniel Aripin
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