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House Committee Hears of Conflict Between Johnson Bill and Treaties

March 5, 1924
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The House Immigration Committee met in executive session Tuesday to consider letters of objection to the Johnson Bill which have been sent to the Committee by Secretary of State Charles E. Hughes. Lawrence Martin and W. R. Vallance, experts on treaties, were present and gave the Committee information concerning the conflict between the Johnson Bill and existing treaties. Mr. Carr, director of the Consular Service, submitted plans to the Committee for a clear definition of the respective jurisdictions of the State and Labor Departments recommended by the State Department in the administration of the Johnson Bill if that measure is passed.

There was a long discussion by the Committee on Secretary Hughes objections and recommendations. Congressman A. J. S. ##th made a strong fight in support of Secretary Hughes, pointing out that the latter’s position that the bill is discriminatory and would involve us in international difficulties was entirely well taken.

While no vote was taken, the consensus of opinion of the majority according to one well informed, was that with all due respect to Secretary Hughes, the State Department had no right to dictate to Congress and that the Congress has a right to enact whatever bill it pleases irrespective of objections of foreign countries.

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