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Whom We Shall WelcomeItalian Americans and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965$
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Danielle Battisti

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823284399

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823284399.001.0001

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The Italian American Immigration Reform Lobby

The Italian American Immigration Reform Lobby

(p.49) Two The Italian American Immigration Reform Lobby
Whom We Shall Welcome

Danielle Battisti

Fordham University Press

At the same time that Italian Americans began to promote increasing Italian immigration to the country, Americans largely reaffirmed a policy of limited and restricted immigration with the passage of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act. In order to more effectively organize against immigration policies that continued to be based on National Origins System quotas, and to meet the needs of Italian Americans who wanted to expand access to immigration opportunities for Italians, Italian Americans formed the American Committee for Italian Migration (ACIM). ACIM became the leading organization that helped to bring together a number of Italian American individuals and groups who were concerned about immigration reform in the postwar period. This chapter therefore explores the Italian American immigration reform lobby’s origins, scope, and ideological foundations.

Keywords:   American Committee on Italian Migration, Catholic, Cold War, displaced persons, Displaced Persons Act, immigration policy, Italian Americans, McCarran-Walter Act, National Catholic Welfare Conference, The Order of the Sons of Italy in America

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