WASHINGTON (Apr. 11)
Three Republican Senators and five Republican members of the House joined today to introduce a bill to rewrite the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act.
The bill would remove the “injustices” specified by President Eisenhower in his April 6, 1953 letter to Sen. Arthur V. Watkins, chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. It would end procedural and administrative inequities that have appeared in the administration of the law and would provide for the pooling of unused quotas.
One important measure contained in the proposed legislation is a revision of the present law which now admits Nazis and Fascists to the United States. Another amendment would eliminate the stigma of “second class citizenship” which the McCarran Act imposed on naturalized citizens.
Sponsors of the bill include: Senators Robert C. Hendrickson, New Jersey; Irving M. Ives, New York; Leverett Saltonstall, Massachusetts; and Representatives Paul A. Fino and Jacob K. Javits, both of New York; Albert W. Cretella and Albert P. Morano, both of Connecticut, and Hugh Scott, of Pennsylvania.