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House Reverses Itself; Anti-alien Amendments Dropped from Census Bill

June 9, 1929
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The alien registration and exclusion of aliens from Congressional representation amendments were both defeated yesterday in the final vote upon the Congressional Census Reapportionment bill. Although the amendments were tentatively adopted on Tuesday they were defeated when the bill came up for a final vote on Thursday.

There was a debate before the vote on the constitutionality of the exclusion of aliens from the Congressional apportionment and the vote indicated the general conclusion was that such an amendment would be unconstitutional. Judging from the large vote on Tuesday in favor of alien registration a very strong sentiment exists in favor of registration and there is no doubt that during the next session of Congress a strong effort will be made to obtain the adoption of such a plan. Its final defeat as a proposed amendment to the census bill was not based on a lack of sympathy with its underlying object, but was purely a practical means to end the controversy on the bill.

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