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10 Milestones in the Immigration of Latin Americans

How the US Hispanic population grew so large

President Lyndon Johnson speaks in 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks next to the Statue of Liberty in 1965 after signing the new immigration law. — Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images

1965

The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 puts an end to the system of visa quotas by country of origin that's been in place since 1924, paving the way for a much more diverse immigration.

Most of the new immigrants come from Central and South America.

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