Racism in Immigration Law: Chapter 5 - Keep America American: Biases Built into Existing Immigration Law


This report provides an overview of America’s immigration laws and policies, which were created by generations of elected leaders whose primary concerns were fear of the other and “race suicide with replacement.” Despite being a nation of immigrants, this fear of other – defined as non-Nordic Europeans – formed the framework within which our current Immigration and Nationality Act was created and operates. This report explores how such biases have been crafted into current immigration law, specifically via refugee quotas originating in the early twentieth century.

Working Groups Immigration
Nareeneh Sohbatian
Immigration Pro Bono Managing Attorney at Winston
Harvey Reiter
Partner at Stinson LLP

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