Project description

After President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he proposed dramatic changes to U.S. immigration policy, from building a wall along the Mexican border to banning certain immigrants. His actions highlight how U.S. federal government policy has made a huge impact on how many — and which — foreign-born people are allowed to come to America.This project aims to show how evolving laws and legislation have shaped the composition of the American people since 1820.

What makes this project innovative?

To show nuance as well as long-term trends in the large dataset, this project expanded the mobile and desktop presentation beyond the screen horizontally, instead of vertically. Since the x-axis shows time, readers can experience it like they are following the timeline of the visualization. And by still using vertical scroll, the project offered a simple user experience that allowed for an elegant display of the data.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

Readership was high and we got a lot of feedback on how illuminating this broad look at America’s history was.

Source and methodology

Immigration statistics are from the Department of Homeland Security. Immigration policy info is from Migration Policy Institute, Pew Research Center, and U.S. House of Representatives.

Technologies Used

Using javascript, the mouse/swipe controls the ‘left’ position, so the stacked area chart appears to move horizontally. Once the chart is done, the ‘left’ position is fixed so it reverts to a vertical experience.

Project members

Taylor Umlauf, Laura Holder

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