1952: The McCarran-Walter Immigration Act

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In 1952, The McCarran-Walter Immigration Act amended the national origins quota imposed in the 1924 immigration act. This act continued to enforce the limiting selection process of the origins quota, but ended the exclusion of the immigration process. Under this new law, Asian nations were allotted quotas, “based on race and not nationality.” This meant that anyone of Asian descent, living and possessing citizenship in any other country would count towards the Asian quota of his nationality and not the country the individual would be immigrating from. These limitations, while opening immigration opportunities to Asians, still kept their numbers very low.

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Milestones: 1945-1952