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Presents New Immigration Plan to Senator Colt

March 4, 1924
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Urging a flexible immigration law with a scientific basis for the quota regulation, Dr. Sidney L. Gulick, secretary of the Commission on International Justice and Goodwill of the Federal Council of Churches, has presented a plan to Senator LeBaron B. Colt. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Immigration.

The plan, which has the backing of the National Committee for Constructive Immigration Legislation, calls for the determination of the number to be admitted, in the light of sociological, psychological and economic principles. It lays down the rule that only as many immigrants should be admitted as can be wholesomely incorporated into our industrial system, in order that the American standards of wages and living may be maintained. A feature is that it would do away with restrictions based on personal bias or race prejudice.

One of the important principles of the plan is that the calculation of the quota of immigrants for each people should be based on the number of that people in the United States who have become American citizens by naturalization, plus the number of American-born children of that people, only one of whose parents is foreign-born.

This feature, according to Dr. Gulick, is the real test of the assimilability of immigrants who have made their homes in America.

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