Asian Americans have witnessed major relief with Hart-Cellar act

Rallies in support of American immigration reforms

This is in continuation of our last entry on the issue of immigration reforms in United States of America and Hart-Cellar act of 1965. As there are different aspects of this act that deal with various recommendations catering to separate categories of groups and individuals. However, the following brief points describe the major effects of this act, as witnessed by immigrant communities in the country at that time.

  • List of eligible immigrants

Coming on the top of this list are unmarried adults who have parents with American citizenship. Thereafter spouses and off springs of permanent residents of America. Then gifted professionals like scientists and artists, siblings of American citizens and the work force for which there is a demand in America that cannot be filled by the local available human resources. The new Immigration Act of 1965 led to the immigration of south Asians to USA in a better and more professional manner.

  • Immigrant profile changed

The Hart-Cellar act of 1965 made a lot of difference to the quality of immigrants. While during early years, the immigrants were mainly from the province of Punjab and that too farmers and military men, who preferred settling in Pacific Coastal region; the new immigrants were from allover India and other south Asian countries, who were well educated and had expertise in their profession, like scientists, engineers and medical doctors. After the act of 1965, the freedom given to such immigrant residents could see them moving all over the United States of America, and settling at the place of their choice.

  • Prosperity of Asian communities

After the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965, the Asian communities have been building temples and gurudwaras at various places in America. Now, the skilled professional immigrants with expertise have emerged a force in Silicon Valley to recon with. Although the act is a milestone in removing the racial and other discrimination in the immigration laws of USA, there is a debate going on currently to discuss whether the existing laws are sufficient, as there are certain liberal forces in America which believe that a lot more is needed.

Celebrating the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965

Various American presidents tried to bring in more reforms, in the immigration sector to tackle the issue of illegal human trafficking, particularly from countries across the border, like Mexico. However, Republicans and democrats are not able to reach an amicable agreement on this sensitive issue; although President Barack Obama favors liberal attitude towards undocumented workers. This is particularly true for those individuals who are qualified and can prove being an asset for the American economy.

Readers can find further details on Hart-Cellar act of 1965 from publications that detail the United States of America Chronology. Meanwhile they can also look at other topics to gain knowledge on varied issues.



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