Impact Of Immigration Reform In The 1920s-1960s

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The period of 1920-1970 represented a period of numerous competing immigration policies and a major debate about whether or not to reform immigration. Eventually, the reformers won the debate and the immigration reform that happened during the 1920s-1960s were consistent with American identity. Specifically, the reframing Asians as model minorities, the immigration reform policies that happened, and the allowance of Mexican immigration into the U.S shifted American identity, from as an all-white country to a multicultural society, from restrictive on immigration to expansive on immigration and finally from a restrictive country to a more democratic country.
The immigration reform policies that happened during the 1920s-1960s shifted American identity for several reasons. First, according to the article Strangers in Cold War America: The Modern Presidency, Committee Barons and Postwar Immigration Politics by Daniel J Tiechnor, pro-immigration activists advocated that America no longer exclude Chinese immigrants and offer them 100 visa slots. ( Tiechnor, 177). Therefore, America is perceived to be diverse in this manner by no longer excluding Chinese. This action shifted American identity from an all-white country to a diverse country. Furthermore, the immigration reformers such as Truman wanted to reform immigration policy to abide by the Black Civil Rights movement because it is important to achieving world peace and it would be consistent with the vision of a democratic
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