Special Congress Session to Act on National Origins Postponement
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Special Congress Session to Act on National Origins Postponement

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Barring unexpected developments, it is probable that during the special session of Congress which convened yesterday, no legislation with regard to immigration or naturalization will be considered, other than the question of postponement or repeal of the National Origins plan. The House Immigration Committee does not expect to function during this special session.

A resolution for postponement of the National Origins plan for one year was passed at the last session, but the Senate adjourned without taking action. It was learned today that Senator Nye of North Dakota, who introduced the bill for the postponement in the Senate at the last session, will renew his efforts at this session to get the Senate either to pass the House bill or to repeal the National Origins plan.

Senator David A. Reed of Pennsylvania, father of this legislation, will vigorously combat any effort to prevent the National Origins plan from going into effect. Senator Nye, however, will have behind him the weight of the influence of President Hoover, who, though having issued the proclamation pursuant to the law, calling the National Origins plan into effect, declared himself on several occasions opposed to it. As a result of the clash between Senator Reed on the one hand and President Hoover on the other, a spectacular fight on the issue looms on the horizon, since Senator Reed claims to be speaking on behalf of the American Legion and other so-called patriotic organizations.

Congressman Dickstein and Congressman Bloom of New York will call on Secretary of Labor Davis today to confer with him regarding regulations which have been in process of preparation by the Department on naturalization and immigration bills passed during the last session, particularly the naturalization bill legalizing the status and allowing the naturalization of aliens who entered America unlawfully prior to June 3, 1921. The Congressmen will make suggestions as to the character of the regulations.

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