EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (Oct. 8)
President Johnson, addressing a campaign rally here, called today for revision of the nation’s immigration laws because they “discriminate on the basis of national origin.”
He said that there was no limit to what “America can be if only we remain true” to American ideals. “That is why we must do something about the immigration laws. ” He told the rally that “two-thirds of the national immigration quota goes under that law to people who never use all their quota” and he proposed gradual elimination of the quotas and an increase of 2,000 in the total immigration limit.
The president stressed that the increase would amount to one-eightieth of one percent of the American work force. That remark was an apparent reply to a charge by the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, William Miller, who said last month that the Johnson Administration proposals for revision of immigration policies would “open the floodgates” and threaten jobs of Americans.