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Where's Harry When You Need Him?

December 05, 2023 (1 min read)

The current federal Immigration and Nationality Act is based on a bill passed by Congress in 1952.  But did you know that President Harry Truman vetoed the bill?  Congress overrode his veto.  Here is his veto message...long, but worth the read.  For those in a hurry, here is the nutshell:

"In no other realm of our national life are we so hampered and stultified by the dead hand of the past, as we are in this field of immigration. We do not limit our cities to their 1920 boundaries--we do not hold our corporations to their 1920 capitalizations-we welcome progress and change to meet changing conditions in every sphere of life, except in the field of immigration. The time to shake off this dead weight of past mistakes is now. The time to develop a decent policy of immigration--a fitting instrument for our foreign policy and a true reflection of the ideals we stand for, at home and abroad--is now."