Since the 1920s, U.S. immigration law has seen many changes that have affected the lives of the nation’s immigrants and citizens alike. As was the case a century ago, security-related concerns often drive major changes to U.S. immigration policy.

Key points:

  • There are parallels between the prevailing concerns over immigration today and those of nearly a century ago.
  • Humanitarian considerations, along with America’s workforce needs and economic cycles, have also driven major immigration policy changes.
  • National security is a cornerstone of sound immigration policy that seeks to serve the overall interests of our country and its citizens first.