At Dissent Magazine, civil rights lawyer Shakeer Rahman discusses how the Trump administration is reversing nearly five decades multi-cultural gains initiated by the 1965 Hart-Celler Act: “The act also featured two innovations that changed the United States for the better. The first was to prioritize immigration through family structures. The law made family unification the chief criteria of visa policy: once one migrant wins admission, it becomes much easier for relatives to follow… Hart-Celler’s other revolution was less subtle: an end to race and nationality quotas. Migrants from every country now had an equal shot at admission. Today it might seem unacceptable to bar entry solely based on race, but this was the status quo just a half century ago.” Read the full article at Dissent Magazine.

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