In 1965 the US Congress passed an immigration reform bill that ended discrimination in immigration after nearly 100 years of increasingly discriminatory laws. In the years since, the face of immigration in the United States has changed significantly. The percentage of Europeans moving to the US declined from 74% in 1965 to 11% of the total in 2014. In this course we will consider the push and pull factors that drive immigration, the contributions immigrants make to the US, and the challenges they represent. We will also discuss policy options for immigration reform.

Suggested Reading: Tom Gjelten, A Nation of Nations, Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Katherine Kidd earned her Ph.D. in international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. She directed the programs in international relations at Sacred Heart and Fairfield Universities. She has worked on issues related to immigration with universities and non-profits.

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