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Courtesy of the Immigration and Naturalization Historical Reference Library [Book #9.1-Item #73]

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Even though the Immigration Act of 1965 opened the door to non-white immigrants, few Africans settled in the United States. Between 1961 and 1970, 29,000 Africans (including a large group of North Africans, mostly Egyptians) were admitted into the country, but the numbers increased to almost 81,000 from 1971 to 1980. The three men on the right, waiting for immigration formalities at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, were among the African immigrants and visitors who arrived in 1976.

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