Wall Street Journal Urges Elimination of National Origins Quota System
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Wall Street Journal Urges Elimination of National Origins Quota System

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The Wall Street Journal, leading financial daily newspaper in the United States, today came out in support of proposed changes in U. S. immigration policy which would eliminate the national origins quota system.

Noting that the national origins system has proved “too cumbersome and inflexible” to meet the “simple tests of equity,” the newspaper declared in an editorial that the proposed changes “might help put our immigration laws on some where near a national basis.”

Hailing the provisions of a new bill now pending in Congress as a measure that “would ensure that someone with talents the U. S. can use would not face lengthy delay because of his birthplace,” the editorial declared: “It seems only fair not to turn down applicants while places in the total allocation go unused.”

“We are convinced,” the editorial stated, “most Americans believe it’s wrong to discriminate against someone simply because he was born in the wrong place.” Under the national origins quota system, would-be immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, and from other areas, have a lesser opportunity to enter the United States than persons emigrating from Northern Europe, England or Ireland.

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