AP U.S. History 2.3 Period 8: 1945–1980. The Immigration Act marked a new period in American immigration policy because of all of the following except that...what?
|AP U.S. History||Period 8: 1945-1980|
|Optimism in the Postwar Years||Immigrants Sought New Lives|
All right, and the question: The Immigration Act
marked a new period in American immigration policy because of
all of the following except that... what?
And here are your potential answers.
[ mumbles ]
All right. Well, what exactly is this question asking? Hmm?
Well, the excerpt says that the old system of immigration
"violates the basic principle of American democracy -
the principle that values and rewards each man
on the basis of his merit as a man."
Yeah. Those are some fighting words, LBJ.
So we need to figure out which of the answers was
not a result of this about-face in our nation's
Well, did the Immigration Act mark a new period because A -
it abolished the national origins formula?
Well, the national origins formula restricted visa availability
to immigrants from certain regions. It excluded Asians
altogether and also preferred northern and western Europeans
over southern and eastern ones.
So that eliminates A and B.
Was the Immigration Act a step change because C -
it prioritized immigrants' skills and family relationships?
Well, that, too. Rather than focus on sheer numbers,
the new law emphasized that immigrants'
skills and their relationships to people already living in the U.S.
when evaluating visa applications.
Talk about a numbers game-changer. Yeah.
That means the Immigration Act did not D -
lead to a decrease in overall immigration.
LBJ may have had great intentions in reforming
U.S. immigration law, but he underestimated
the power of his pen. When he opened the visa system
up to dozens of new countries, he didn't expect them
to actually take advantage of the change
in policy. So D is the correct answer.
And LBJ may have misjudged
the potential increase in immigration and the stress
it would place on the system, but the law promoted
fairness in a way U.S. policy never had before.
Well, maybe two wrongs can make a right.
[ horse nickers ]