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Photo of the Signing of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Digital image. LBJ Presidential Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2016.

The photograph above shows President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

Why did the Federal government feel the need to reform the immigration system during the 1960s?


To limit the many Latinos who were illegally crossing the border into the Southwest region of the U.S.


To permit highly educated physicists and other scientists to enter the U.S. legally during the Space Race.


To fulfill the terms of the U.N. protocol the U.S. signed in 1960 which coordinated immigration policies with other member nations.


In order to replace the biased national quota system that had been in place since the 1920s.


In order to balance the percentage of immigrants entering the U.S. from the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

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