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Fight for Repeal of National Origins Clause Lost in Senate

June 16, 1929
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The fight for the repeal of the national origins law was lost in the Senate yesterday by a vote of 43 to 37.

Pursuant to the Presidential proclamation, the law will go into effect on July 1. The vote was taken on the motion of Senator Nye to take up for consideration the bill for the repeal of the national origins law which was previously rejected by the Senate Immigration Committee.

Following the vote, Senator Nye announced his intention of continuing the fight at the next regular session of Congress which will convene in December. The fight will be dropped for the rest at the present special session. He expressed confidence that considering the narrow margin by which his resolution was defeated, repeal will be ultimately carried during the next regular session, if determined efforts are made between now and then by the opponents of the national origins to arouse sentiment against the plan. He, together with others, will devote himself from now on to arousing such sentiment, he said.

The closing debate preceding the vote favoring the repeal was led by Senator Walsh of Massachusetts, who made a warm speech in favor of repealing the national origins plan, and Senator Norbeck of South Dakota. With disposition of this much disputed issue no further immigration questions are expected to be raised during the present special session. However, the storm clouds which have already gathered during this session definitely point to the strong efforts which will undoubtedly be launched during the regular session for the registration of aliens.

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