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Mccarran Immigration Act Develops into Basic Election Issue

October 21, 1952
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The “master race” controversy raised last Friday by President Truman in a message to the Jewish Welfare Board meeting in Washington, took a new twist last night when Bernard M. Baruch issued a statement declaring that he does not agree with the President’s charges that General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican Presidential candidate, condones anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic immigration policies.

President Truman assailed what he called anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic quotas in the McCarran-Walter Immigration law. He attacked several Republican Senators for voting for the measure and Gen. Eisenhower for endorsing those Senators for reelection. Gen. Eisenhower, in speeches during the week-end, called for a revision of the McCarran-Walter Immigration law.

Meanwhile, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Richard M. Nixon last night suggested that Gov. Adlai Stevenson, Democratic Presidential candidate, should repudiate Truman’s criticism of Gen. Eisenhower on the McCarran Act issue. Sen. Nixon said that the immigration bill, which was passed over President Truman’s veto, would “be reviewed and its inequities removed after a fair trial” by a Republican administration.

Senator Herbert H. Lehman, taking a hand in the issue, pointed out that Sen. Nixon was one of those who voted for the McCarran-Walter Bill and joined in over-riding President Truman’s veto of that bill.

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