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Johnson Piqued at Opposition to Immigration Bill

February 14, 1924
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“If the Jewish people combine to defeat the immigration bill as reported by the Committee, their children will regret it”, is the emphatic statement made last night by Congressman Albert Johnson, Chairman of the Immigration Committee of the House of Representatives.

The statement was made in reply to an inquiry by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent, who asked Mr. Johnson for his view of the reported hesitation on the part of the House Republican leaders regarding the adoption of the Johnson Bill.

Congressman Johnson added, that those who are being so much influenced by the fear of the immigrant vote in New York State, to the extent that the New York Republication delegation were opposing his bill, would discover that the rest of the country would also have something to say about immigration, and this would be in favor of his bill, irrespective of alien influence in New York.

Much excitement, and no little amount of anger was displayed by Congressman Johnson throughout the conversation. He seemed much agitated and aroused over the reported parliamentary opposition to his bill, an opposition which he had not at all expected in the beginning. Mr. Johnson flatly refused to make any further statement or to explain his remarks, except to declare positively that he intended to proceed with his bill regardless of the reported opposition.

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