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New Bill in Senate Would Cut Down or Completely Stop All Immigration into U.S.

April 15, 1930
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Only those people who can pass a so-called selective immigration test would be admitted to the United States if the bill introduced into the United States Senate by Senator Allen of Kansas with the approval of the administration and of Secretary of Labor Davis is passed. This bill, however, would not affect existing categories of relatives and other non-quota and preference categories. The bill, which creates a fundamental change in immigration policy is likely to cut down greatly the number of aliens admitted or to stop immigration entirely with the exception of those outside the quota.

The first gun in the campaign for the adoption of the new plan will be fired with a speech that Senator Allen expects to make shortly in the Senate. He declared he considers that the time has come for the United States to stop admitting aliens indiscriminately and to adopt the selective policy already pursued in Canada through its Orders in Council and in Great Britain through the Board of Trade.

As presented by Senator Allen’s bill, the new plan would make all, except non-quota and preference aliens, subject to selective regulations which would make it impossible for the non-excepted aliens to obtain admission unless it were first determined that they come within the regulations to be jointly issued by the Secretaries of Labor, State, Agriculture and Commerce, based on the economic needs of the country.

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