Intelligence testing: Later Perspectives Published: September 11, 2012

Relatively soon after the Immigration Act of 1924 was passed, the popularity of using racial theories of intelligence as guideposts to immigration law and policy waned.

Intelligence testing: Intelligence Testing and Immigration Law Published: September 11, 2012

The psychological work with the closest influence on later immigration policy was performed by Robert Yerkes of Harvard University.

Intelligence testing Published: September 11, 2012

The nascent science of intelligence testing developed in confluence with growing support for more severe controls on the acceptance of foreign-born entrants to the United States.

Immigration Act of 1924 Published: February 14, 2012

Immigration Act of 1924The act represented the first major attempt to restrict immigration into the United States.

Immigration Act of 1917 Published: February 14, 2012

Immigration Act of 1917The Immigration Act of 1917 was the first federal law to impose a general restriction on immigration in the form of a literacy test.

Health care Published: January 11, 2012

The access of recently arrived immigrants to health care in the United States has often been limited by cultural and language barriers, lack of information, and economic disparities.

Gay and lesbian immigrants Published: December 12, 2011

U.S. immigration law has historically excluded openly gay and lesbian individuals on various bases, ranging from classifications of them as morally or medically unfit to their perceived social and political threats to the desirable character of American society.

Eugenics movement Published: November 14, 2011

The eugenics movement had a significant influence on U.S. immigration policy. Politicians, reformers, and civic leaders imbued with a sense of Americanism and scientific justification enacted laws to limit immigration to what they regarded as “desirable” types.

English as a second language Published: October 18, 2011

As an instructional tool to help language-minority students develop English-language skills, the English as a second language program came into popular usage during the late 1950’s.