Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Twentieth Century

Welcome Back,

Today's post will be dealing with immigration to the United States during the late twentieth century. This article demonstrates changes in American society after the passing of the of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 - which abolished the previous futile immigration quota system based on national origin and established a new immigration policy based on reuniting immigrant families and attracting skilled labor to the United States. The new policy had surprising results as immigrants from Asia and Latin America quickly surpassed the number of immigrants originating from Europe. Most immigrants arriving to the US in the 90's settled mostly in six states: California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. The influx of immigrants to major cities caused protests and riots against foreign culture and individuals. Many Americans regarded the newer immigration laws as too lenient and a threat to "America's common culture, competition for jobs, wages, etc.". It seemed as if America's increasing diversity was threatening American society itself.  


  1. why did the immigrants mainly settle in those six states?

  2. How do you think American society would be different if the Immigration and Nationality Act wasn't passed? Do you think we wouldn't be as diverse as we are now?

  3. What made them travel to those states and why was diversity such a problem? I wish you elaborated on that.