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Norbeck Amendment Repealing National Origins Plan is Passed in Senate by Vote of 39 to 34

April 23, 1930
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The repeal of the present national origins plan of immigration restriction was voted yesterday by the Senate by a vote of 39 to 34 in approving the amendment of Senator Norbeck of South Dakota to the Harris bill proposing the application of the quota system to immigrants from South and Central America. The Norbeck amendment reduces the immigration quota from the existing total of 150,000 to approximately 120,000.

As a result of the repeal of the national origins plan the 1890 census again becomes the basis for the quota system but the percentage is cut from two to one and a half per cent of that census. thus effecting the annual cut of 30,000. The Scandinaavian countries will gain but East European countries will suffer Two other amendments to the Harris Bill were rejected: one of Senator Black to prohibit immigration for a period of three years beginning next January and one to apply the quota system not to all Latin American countries but to Mexico alone. Senator Allen’s selective immigration amendment proposing a reduction to 75,000 of immigrants admitted under the quota, admissable on a selective plan depending on the economic needs of the country was also rejected.

The adoption of the Norbeck amendment is not final. The Senate still has to vote on the Harris bill itself and if that is rejected then the Norbeck amendment is rejected too. If the Harris bill is passed it must go the House, be passed there and signed by the President before it can become a law.

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