The increase in the number of immigrants and war refugees from Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq came shortly after the United States lifted many of its restrictive immigration laws, allowing many non-Europeans to come to the United States during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

In the 1960s, the Civil Rights movement succeeded in ending many racial and ethnic discriminatory laws, including immigration laws. The Immigration Act of 1965 (also known as the Hart-Cellar Act) abolished all limitations based on national origin. Arabs joined with many other people from around the world in coming to the United States to start new lives.

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