Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

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The Immigration Act of 1965 was an act passed by the United States Congress which abolished quotas on the bases of nationality and replaced the United States' quota cap of 120,000 to 170,000. The immigration law also placed a "occupational immigration" clause which encouraged the immigration of needed professionals into the United States. As a result of the reduction in quota restriction the immigration of Filipino professionals increased, mostly professionals in the media field.[1]

The Immigration Act of 1965 also allowed immediate family member of immigrants to immigrate without effect on quanta numbers and thus allowed large families to immigrate freely. This resulted in making the Filipino community the fastest growing Asian community in the U.S.[1]

President Lyndon Johnson was a strong advocate of the act and managed to persuade Congress to pass it.[2]

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