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Congressman Johnson-explains the New Quota Bill

June 27, 1924
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Congressman Albert Johnson, Chairman of the House Immigration Committee, has just published in the final number of the Congressional Record a four page explanatory review of the new immigration law which, he states, was requested by many colleagues. Among other things he sets forth the latest’ estimate of the quotas of the various countries under the two percent. of the Eighteen-Ninety census basis of the new law which goes into effect July 1. National origin is based on the place of birth. This estimate, showing a total of 167,750, is as follows:

Albania 100

Armenia 125

Australia 120

Austria 785

Belgium 500

Bulgaria 100

Czecho-Slovakia 3000

Danzig 240

Denmark 2800

Finland 500

France 4000

Germany 51200

Gt. Britain & No. Ireland 34000

Greece 100

Irish Free State 25000

Latvia 150

Lithuania 350

Netherlands 1600

New Zealand 100

Norway 6500

Palestine 100

Poland 6000

Portugal 500

Roumania 2500

Spain 150

Switzerland 2000

Sweden 9700

Turkey 100

Minor countries, including other Asia, other Europe, Southafrica, etc. 15000

Total 167750

In addition to the above, Johnson explains that a limited classification of immigrants are exempt from quota restrictions, namely wife and unmarried children under eighteen, of American citizens, also ministers professors of college or academy, with their wives and children under eighteen. However, Congressman Johnson asserts that the strict conditions of the new law will reduce the number of the quota exempt immigrants to one-fifth of the old law.

Congressman Johnson also emphasizes the great power given consuls under the new law of withholding immigration certificates from applicants if as provided by law they know or have reason to believe the alien inadmissible. In conclusion, Johnson reiterated that America, as an asylum and melting pot, has come to and end.

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