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American Legion Opposes Admission of 240,000 Refugees

The American Legion today officially described President Eisenhower’s request for emergency legislation to admit 240,000 additional aliens as a “calculated attempt at a back-door attack on the national origins quota system.” C. Anderson, chairman of the Legion’s immigration and naturalization subcommittee, made this charge today in testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee holding hearings on the President’s immigration request.

Mr. Anderson supported the McCarran-Walter Act and said he regretted it “should have been tossed into the political arena as was done following its passage.”