America to restrict immigration?

Published: 10 August 1913

Mr William B. Wilson, Secretary of the Federal Labour Department, has announced that the United States is looking closely at the question of immigration. He stated that uncontrolled immigration was injurious to those already resident in the country, and that he envisaged putting forward legislation to control the influx which he referred to as a great evil. In May this year the United States allowed 137,262 migrants to enter the country, and had only refused entry to 2,804 individuals: 653 because they were contract labourers, 574 as having physical defects preventing them from earning and 240 because they suffered from contagious diseases.

Of the total, 6,939 immigrants were recorded as having entered the United States from Ireland, a small number compared to 27,297 Italians and 25,939 Poles. Given that over a million immigrants entered the United States in the period from July 1912 to May this year, the immigration question is becoming a big political question and one, it seems, which Mr Wilson will address sooner rather than later.

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