On the occasion of the 50th anniversary year of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1965, NYU Steinhardt and the Metro Center will host a commemorative conference on immigrant youth and schools. The INA determined America’s current legal immigration system. It abolished the racially-based quota system that defined American immigration policy for 40 years and replaced it with a policy with the central purpose of family reunification with the preference for immigrants with a specific skill set. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration Act on October 3, 1965 on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

Panelists, including experts from NYU, Temple University, and the New York Immigration Coalition, will discuss the unique needs of immigrant youth — including being undocumented, language and adaptation, a family issues — and how schools can be and are responsive to their needs.