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Senator Walsh Pleads for Retention of Present Immigration Law


Senator Walsh of massachusetts today made a vigorous speech in opposition to the reduction of the quota to two percent of 1910, as provided in the pending Senate bill, and urged that no departure be made from the existing three percent law.

He denied the need for further restriction, stating that if Congress, the state governments and religious and social organizations would spend more time considering not only the problems concerning immigrants, but also the problems of the laboring classes, the problem of assimilating immigrants would cease to exist.

The outlook created by yesterday’s Republican caucus decision in favor of Senator Reed’s national origins plan and the cutting of immigration to one percent of 1910, for the next two years, had not improved. No official indication of policy has yet been made by the Democrats, but it is not believed that much can be expected from them as most of the Democratic Senators are from the South and traditionally opposed to immigration.

The Senate again today voted-this time finally-in favor of Japanese exclusion.

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