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COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
ALBERT JOHNSON, Washington, Chairman.
ADOLPH J. SABATH, Illinois.
JOHN E. RAKER, California.
RILEY J. WILSON, Louisiana.
JOHN C. BOX, Texas.
L. B, RAINEY, Alabama.
P. F. SNYDER, Clerk.
EMERGENCY IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION.
COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Friday, April 15, 1921. A subcommittee consisting of Mr. Johnson, Mr. Vaile, and Mr. Free assembled at 10.30 o'clock a. m., pursuant to call by the chairman, Hon. Albert Johnson (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. In addition to receiving the statement of Hon. John C. Box, of Texas, regarding the practice of peonage in the United States, I believe this subcommittee might act for the whole committee in accepting a digest of the hearings held in January, this year, before the Immigration Committee of the Senate on the general subject of emergency immigration legislation. Printed copies of the Senate hearings have been exhausted, and a great demand for them continues. New members of the House committee are unable to secure copies, therefore I have asked Mr. M. Saben, one of the clerks of our committee, to prepare a digest, which he has done competently and intelligently, I think. The Senate hearings comprise a volume of 713 pages, including letters and exhibits. That great amount of testimony Mr. Saben has reduced to what probably will be 75 or 80 pages in type. He has reduced the hearings to statements in the third person, omitting questions and avoiding as far as possible duplications of arguments, both for and against the necessity for immediate restriction on immigration.
Those hearings were held on H. R. 14461, and resulted in that bill being amended so as to substitute Senator Dillingham's 3-per cent plan, which substitute was later adopted by House and Senate, but which received a “pocket” veto by President Wilson.
That plan is now before the House committee as H. R. 2 (later, H. R. 4075) for amendments, and I think that the committee should have use of the digest, which I now offer.
Mr. VAILE. I suggest that the digest be printed for the use of the committee and of Members of Congress.
The CHAIRMAN. If there is no objection, it is so ordered. (The digest of the Senate hearings follows:)