WASHINGTON, March 5, 2018 — In recent months, the term “chain migration” has been bandied about as part of the debate on U.S. immigration policy. Members of the administration have used the term in harsh and negative tones in proposals to upend current immigration law. Others note that the approach, also known as “family reunification,” has served the United States well for more than a half century.
A new ABA Legal Fact Check posted today explores “chain migration” and the law behind it. The history of the concept of reuniting immigrant families, which dates to the early 1920s, was embodied in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. The concept remains a major cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy today.
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