Equality Gained, Equality Lost? The 1965 Immigration Act and its Aftermath

Date: October 26, 2015

This event is sponsored by the Economic Policy Institute and American Constitution Society.

Among the important civil rights anniversaries being commemorated this year, October marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, which opened immigration to the United States to those who had previously been excluded in favor of northern and western European immigrants. Yet some argue that while attempting to make our system more fair, the law set in motion policies that continue to plague our immigration system today and cause hardship to immigrants, setting the stage for our current political debates. What are we to make of the Act’s legacy and how should we confront the challenges that persist?

What: Discussion on the Immigration Act of 1965

Who: Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy

Charles Kamasaki, National Council of La Raza, Moderator

Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law and co-author of The New Immigration Federalism

Jayesh Rathod, Professor of Law and Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, American University Washington College of Law

Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law and co-editor of The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America

When: Monday, October 26, 2015, 12–2 p.m. Eastern

Where: Economic Policy Institute
1333 H Street NW, Suite 300 East Tower
Washington, DC 20005

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