1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act Turns 55

On October 3, 1965, America changed forever. On that day, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Hart-Celler Immigration Amendments Act, which abolished an immigration policy that had served America well for more than 40 years.

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That former policy, set by the Immigration Act of 1924, had kept the country’s demographic makeup stable for decades, by barring Asians and keeping down the immigration levels from other countries. The policy had never set well with many leftist politicians, however. Among them was Rep. Emanuel Celler (D-N.Y.), who had voted against the 1924 law in his freshman term. His failure to defeat that bill marked the beginning of a career-long fight to repeal it, a fight that eventually targeted the national origins quota system that Celler abhorred.

Gradually picking up support from members of his own party–Philip Hart of Michigan and JFK, to name two–as well as Republicans–most notoriously, Bush family patriarch Prescott Bush of Connecticut–Celler finally achieved his goal with the passing of Hart-Celler in 1965.

That law abolished the national origins quotas system that had favored immigrants from Northern and Western Europe and opened the door to the Third World. Though supporters had assured Americans that the law would only modestly increase immigration and would not be “revolutionary,” the effect has been catastrophic. The nation’s foreign-born population rose from 9.6 million in 1965 to a whopping 44.8 million in 2018, most low-skilled and many in need of state-provided welfare.

The Hart-Celler Immigration Amendments Act of 1965 was a scam foisted on the American people by a bi-partisan cabal of lying politicians. We should never underestimate the damage such creatures are capable of.

For more, see The Hill.



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