Republican Convention Terms Present Immigration Laws Obsolete

The National Republican Convention last night adopted an immigration plank in its platform urging that the annual number of immigrants accepted by the United States “be at least doubled” and that “obsolete immigration laws be amended by abandoning the outdated 1920 census date as a base and substituting the 1960 census.”

“The guidelines of our immigration policy be based upon judgment of the individual merit of each applicant for admission and citizenship,” the policy plank stated. It emphasized that “immigration has historically been a great factor in the growth of the United States, not only in numbers but in the enrichment of ideas that immigrants have brought with them”

The adopted plank points out that the Republican Administration has given refuge to more than 32, 000 victims of Communist tyranny from Hungary, ended needless delay in processing applications for naturalization, and has urged other enlightened legislation to liberalize existing restrictions. At the same time it says that “immigration has been reduced to the point where it does not provide the stimulus to growth that it should, nor are we fulfilling our obligation as a haven for the oppressed.”

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