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Parallel Lines


Reel Voices is an action-oriented organization equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand, shape, and comment on policy affecting immigrants and refugees. 


The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), also known as the McCarran-Walter Act, eliminated all race-based quotas, replacing them with purely nationality-based quotas.  The INA still influences American immigration law.

The need to curtail illegal immigration prompted Congress to enact the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986

The Refugee Act of 1980 defines the U.S. laws relating to refugee immigrants.  Under the Refugee Act, the term "refugee" refers to aliens with a fear of persecution upon returning to their homelands, stemming from their religion, race, nationality, membership in certain social groups, or political opinions.  

The Immigration Act of 1990 thoroughly revamped the INA by equalizing the allocation of visas across foreign nations, eliminating archaic rules, and encouraging worldwide immigration.

The Emergency Afghan Allies Extension Act of 2014 authorized special immigrant visas for Afghan citizens who supported the United States in the War in Afghanistan.


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