Quota Control and the National Origin System

Archive Report

The Immigration Act of 1924 provides that on or before April 1, 1927 the President shall issue a proclamation revising the quotas at present allotted to the countries sending immigrants to the United States. The coming into effect of the new quotas, July 1, 1927, will mark the final passage from the experimental to the permanent stage in government control of immigration.

The presidential proclamation, for which provision is made in the “national origin” section of the 1924 act, will base the new quotas upon the number of inhabitants of the United States, as shown by the census of 1920, whose origin by birth or ancestry is attributable to each foreign country. The present quotas are based upon the number of foreign-born individuals of each ...

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