The Hart-Celler Act (1965) - Issue Guide (Downloadable PDF)
This resource connects to the student deliberation guide on the lead up to the passage of the Hart-Celler Act in 1965. The Hart-Celler Act significantly changed the immigration system of the United States by altering who and how many people could immigrate to the nation. This deliberation guide asks students to assume the role of policy advisors before 1965 and grapple with different options for how the new immigration system could be designed. As students investigate the cultural, historical, economic, and political context of the time, they will wrestle with and weigh possible answers to the question: What would a fair immigration system look like?