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SELECTIVE IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1924

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call of the chairman, in the committee room, Capitol, at 10 o'clock a. m., Senator Le Baron B. Colt presiding

Present: Senators Colt (chairman), Keyes, Willis, Reed of Pennsylvania, King, Harris, Harrison, Shields, and Copeland.

The committee had under consideration S. 2365 and S. 2576, bills to limit the immigration of aliens into the United States, and to provide a system of selection in connection therewith, and for other purposes.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. There is a quorum present. We have with us the Secretary of Labor, Mr. Davis.

STATEMENT OF HON. JAMES J. DAVIS, SECRETARY OF LABOR

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Davis, the committee is very desirous of hearing you on the general subject of immigration, and especially with regard to the features embodied in the Watson bill, which, as we understand, represents a good many things which you favor along the lines of immigration. We would be very glad to have you make a general statement. Secretary Davis. Is Mr. Watson going to be here? The CHAIRMAN. I think not. Secretary Davis. I wonder if we could not ask him to? Senator REED. He is not in town, I believe.

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Davis, the committee is aware that you have paid great attention to this subject of immigration, not only from a theoretical standpoint, but also from a practical standpoint in the administration of the law; and the chairman is aware that have formulated your ideas in the shape of proposed legislation, and that those ideas have been largely expressed in the bill which is now known as the Waston bill, which was introduced by Senator Moses. We understand that as to the suggestions of quota you make no recommendation, believing that that is within the province of Congrėss entirely.

Senator KING. I did not understand that he made no recommendation or that he had no views upon that subject.

The CHAIRMAN. He did not make any positive recommendations on the subject of quota. That statement was made by Senator Moses when he introduced the bill.

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