Conversations: The 1965 Immigration Act That Became a Law of Unintended Consequences

On October 1st, I participated on a fascinating panel about the 1965 Immigration Act organized by the Smithsonian and the What It Means to be American project. Moderator and publisher Gregory Rodriguez, historians Mae Ngai and Matt Garcia, sociologist Richard Alba, and I discussed the motivations behind the act’s passage, how Congress really did not know what they were doing, and how the law had huge unforseen consequences that we’re still living with today. Story, photos, and video of our great conversation can be found here.