Becoming Us: Policy

Collector: Ann V.

Studying the laws and policies enacted to restrict or reform immigration, including or excluding certain groups of people, is essential to understanding the complicated history of immigration in our nation's democracy. Three case studies look at the ways immigration quotas have changed the Unites States immigrant communities. The first focuses on the racially motivated Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its impact on the Chinese American community. The second explores the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 and how it changed immigration policies in the United States. The final resource examines the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For all three resources, scholars analyze primary sources and participate in group discussions to understand the policies' details and their impact on the immigrants under its protection.

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