“Lion of Senate” – Ted Kennedy is no more but his legacy of immigration related laws changed many lives in US. One such law that changed US immigration is – “Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965”.
The cosponsored law ended the preference of Canadians and Western Europeans as immigrants and allowed people from all parts of the world to come to America and get permanent residency (Green Card) based on their skills (EB1, EB2 and EB3 Categories) and family relations. The law abolished the quota system limiting immigration from Asia.
This law changed the percent of foreign born in US – In 1960 it was estimated that 5.4% of US population is foreign born of which majority are Europeans. In 2000, it was 11.1% of which only 16% are from Europe.
“Even this decade, Kennedy worked to establish guest worker programs that would allow illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows without fear of the wrath of the crazier elements of society.”
The loss of Edward “Ted” Kennedy is a big blow to all future US immigration reforms laws.