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Secretary Hughes Protests Against Immigration Bill

February 14, 1924
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Secretary of State, Charles E. Hughes, has again taken occasion to urge his opinion against the Johnson Immigration Bill. The Secretary of State, in a letter to Congressman Johnson, Onafiman of the House Immigration Committee, expressed the opinion that the immigration bill as proposed would involve us in difficulties with several foreign nations.

With regard to the provision that the immigration quotas shall be based on the census of 1890, Mr. Hughes points out that in certain instances this would exclude all citizens of some foreign countries, since no 1890 census figures are available for them. He recommends also that special provision be made for nations created as an outgrowth of the World War, that separate quotas be given the Irish Free State and other self-governing British dominions, and provision be made for the subjects of British and other colonial possessions in South America and the West Indies.

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