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New Italian Migrations to the United StatesVol. 1: Politics and History since 1945$
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Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040955

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040955.001.0001

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“In the name of God … and in the interest of our country”

“In the name of God … and in the interest of our country”

The Cold War, Foreign Policy, and Italian Americans’ Mobilization against Immigration Restriction

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New Italian Migrations to the United States

Maddalena Marinari

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how Cold War geopolitical exigencies provided long-time immigration reform advocates like Italian Americans with a narrow window of opportunity to challenge the draconian immigration system in place in the United States since the Immigration Act of 1924 and mobilize for reform. After two decades of failed attempts, Italian Americans, thanks to the help and support they received from the American Catholic Church, finally created a successful immigration reform advocacy organization, the American Committee on Italian Migration (ACIM), which subsequently emerged as one of the leading actors for the immigration reform overhaul of 1965. The Church provided the group with the ideology, the resources, and the connections to be successful, while simultaneously shielding it from accusations of disloyalty.

Keywords:   advocacy, American Committee on Italian Migration (ACIM), Cold War, Immigration Act of 1924, immigration reform

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