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Number of Immigrants Admitted to U.S. Greatly Dropped in 1957

Immigrants admitted to the United States as permanent residents dropped 24 per cent in number in 1957, after having increased in each of the five previous years. This was revealed today by U.S. Immigration Commissioner Joseph M.Swing’s annual report. It showed 262, 000 admitted last year compared to 347,000 in 1956.

Small use was made of provisions to admit foreign scientists to this country. Mr. Swing revealed that only 3,600 scientists and technicians were admitted although the law allowed 75,000. He said this “reflects the failure of the American business community to take maximum advantage” of the law.

Last session congress refused to make liberalizing modifications requested by President Eisenhower in the rigid national origins quota system. Nor did it extend the law to help refugees without regard to quotas although it did pass a bill admitting an estimated 60,000 including some refugees under certain hardship conditions. Some 2,700 persons have been admitted under this law since Sept. 11, 1957.

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