Q&A: Sen. Kennedy on Immigration, Then & NowAs a young politician, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) helped steer the 1965 immigration law through the Senate. He's helped shape several substantial immigration overhauls since then. Kennedy speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden about his own family's immigrant history and the legacy of the 1965 legislation.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) helped steer the 1965 immigration law through the Senate. He has played a key role in crafting legislation on the issue since then.
Irish forebears: Sen. Kennedy's maternal grandfather, John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (left), was mayor of Boston and a U.S. congressman. His paternal grandfather, Patrick Joseph Kennedy (right), served in the Massachusetts legislature.
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