On October 20, 1976, President Ford signed into law a bill effecting the first major revisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act since the 1965 Amendments. The 1976 Amendment contains a number of noncontroversial provisions designed to eliminate inequalities between the Eastern and Western Hemisphere immigrant selection systems. However, it also contains two controversial provisions expected to have a major adverse impact on intending immigrants from the Western hemisphere in general, and from Mexico in particular.
Stephen H. Legomsky & Mitchell D. Gravo,
Afterword:The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1976,
San Diego L. Rev.
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