International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Published: September 28, 2012

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union The International Ladies’ GarmentWorkers’ Union improved working conditions for garment makers, most of whom were immigrants. Under the leadership of David Dubinsky, himself an immigrant, the union became recognized as one of the most powerful labor unions in the United States.

Immigration Act of 1907 Published: February 14, 2012

This law created the Dillingham Commission to collect data used in future immigration laws, further narrowed Asian immigration, limited Muslim immigration, and expanded the definition of undesirable women immigrants.

Emma Goldman Published: December 19, 2011

Emma GoldmanA forceful voice for the nascent anarchist movement in the United States, Goldman founded the magazine Mother Earth and crisscrossed the United States lecturing about anarchy and supporting anarchists, immigrant and labor groups, women, and others oppressed by the government and institutionalized capitalism.

Garment industry Published: December 12, 2011

Garment industryFueled by immigrant labor since the massive surge of Jewish and Italian immigrants to New York City during the decades surrounding the turn of the twentieth century, the American garment industry was long a major economic portal to recently arrived immigrants.

Liz Claiborne Published: September 26, 2011

One of the most successful female entrepreneurs in American business history, Belgian-born Claiborne founded Liz Claiborne, Inc., in 1976.


Chy Lung v. Freeman Published: September 22, 2011

Based on principles of federalism, the Chy Lung decision put limitations on the extent to which the states might restrict the admission of persons into the country.


Chang Chan v. Nagle Published: September 7, 2011

The Chang Chan ruling upheld the application of a law disallowing the entrance of some foreign wives of U.S. citizens.

Captive Thai workers Published: September 2, 2011

Thai laborers were forced to toil in a makeshift garment factory in a Los Angeles suburb for more than six years until the operation was busted.

Cable Act of 1922 Published: August 24, 2011

From the creation of the United States during the late eighteenth century, it was assumed that people would immigrate to the country. The first law setting standards and processes for immigration was passed in 1790.