Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments

Amending the MCCARRAN-WALTER IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION ACT (1952), the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 specified a two-year residency requirement for alien spouses and children before obtaining permanent resident status.

War Brides Act (Act of December 28, 1945) (1945)

The War Brides Act was the first of several related measures to allow United States soldiers to bring their alien brides and families into the United States following World War II (1941–45).

Lillian Wald (1867–1940) social worker, reformer

Lillian Wald was a pioneer in the field of public health nursing.

Picture brides (mail-order brides)

This informal term refers to women who married single immigrant men they had never met but with whom they had exchanged photographs, usually through family intermediaries.

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU)

Founded in 1900 in New York City, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) was remarkably successful in forcing adoption of sanitary codes and safety regulations and achieving better pay during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Mary Antin (1881–1949) author

Mary Antin was a powerful voice for immigrant assimilation in America and one of the foremost champions of an open immigration policy in the early 20th century.

Jane Addams (1860–1935) social reformer

One of the most influential advocates of social justice for immigrants, minorities, and the poor, Jane Addams attempted to reconcile human needs to the demands of modern industrial urban life.