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MPI WEbinar "Twenty Five Years Later: Reflecting on the Immigration Act of 1990"

  • 08 Dec 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • webinar

MPI Presents:

Twenty Five Years Later: Reflecting on the Immigration Act of 1990


On November 29, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Immigration Act of 1990. The law increased immigration levels by redesigning admissions categories and restructuring employment-based entry provisions for both permanent and temporary admissions, with the aim of increasing emphasis on the skills, education, and investment of these immigrants. The bill also revised the grounds of inadmissibility and deportation, expanded the definition of aggravated felony, and established administrative naturalization and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

MPI has marked important anniversaries of major milestones in U.S. immigration history with convenings that feature key players and experts intimately familiar with how and why they happened and how their provisions have worked out over time. In October, we hosted a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Act, MPI will host a discussion examining the history of the legislation, how it was accomplished politically, and the stakeholders and issues that were critical to its passage. Panelists will recount the goals of the legislation, assess whether they have been met, examine the unintended consequences, and discuss the relevance and lessons of the Act for current immigration debates.

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