Sunday, July 08, 2007

Give us your poor--or not. The immigration act of 1924

This builds on the previous post "But immigrants don't understand democracy!". The 1924 immigration act, which, based on racist notions, did things like limit Italian immigration to 1/50th of what it had been before, had an interesting exemption: if you were what they called a "professional", like a doctor or a lawyer or a businessman, the quota system didn't apply to you.

So, using the break down of quotas given by this page at George Mason University, while only 344 poor people could emigrate to the United States from Lithuania per year, if you were a doctor, a lawyer, or a businessman you could just skip to the head of the line.

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