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Congress Fails to Pass Recommended Improvements in Immigration Law

Amendments designed to redistribute some 18,000 unused quota numbers among immigrants from countries whose quotas are over subscribed failed of passage as Congress adjourned this week end without a vote. The measure died as a result of opposition by Rep. Francis Walter, chairman of the House immigration subcommittee.

The bill, passed early Friday in the Senate, died in the House late that day Among other provisions which would have liberalized the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act was one which would have ended the “mortgaging” of quotas. This practice, which was introduced to permit more DP’s to enter the United States in the postwar years, has effectively choked off immigration from some countries for many years.

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