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Smuts’ Amendment to South African Quota Bill Rejected

An amendment by General Smuts to the new immigration bill, which would have given each East European country a quota of five percent of the number of its immigrants who lived in South Africa in 1926, instead of limiting the quota to fifty immigrants a year, was defeated yesterday in the South African parliament, as a result of the opposition of Premier Herzog’s party.

Both the Premier and Minister Malan stated that while they are opposed to more immigrants entering South Africa from Eastern Europe, they do not at the same time wish to limit immigration from the “Nordic” countries. Their attitude was strongly criticized by the Jewish deputies who supported General Smuts’ amendment.