Romero Rojas, from Watsonville, came to the U.S. in the 1960s without documentation. He eventually earned legal status.
There’s one piece of legislation from the civil rights movement that often gets overlooked: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act 50 years ago on October 3, 1965. The intent was to eliminate centuries-old immigration policy that discriminated against Asians. But as Dean Kevin Johnson from the UC Davis School of Law points out in the new book “The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America,” an unintended consequence was creating the current large population of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States. To further explain what’s happened in the 50 years since the implementation of The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, Johnson joins Insight with UC Davis Law Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, who is a co-editor of the book.