The immigration policy of this country is embodied in the Walter-McCarran
Act of 7952, which was passed over ex-President Truman's veto. The Act has
been constantly under fire since that time. Some humanitarians ask that
barriers to immigration be removed, making it possible tor the homeless and
downtrodden to find sanctuary in this country. Wary patriots point out
that liberalization of our immigration policy may be part of a master plan
to populate the country with subversive hordes. Facts Forum News
presents here both viewpoints on this question . . .
Should the U. S.
Immigration Policy Be Changed?
Presented first are views of those who do not
favor a change in the present immigration policy
JUDGING from the flood of immigrants who are being washed to
the shores of America, one might
think that the country has become a
giant blotter, one with the express purpose of absorbing all the surplus people of the world.
Indeed, if one is to believe the hue
and cry raised by pressure groups, he
may think that it is mandatory for the
United States to accept all immigrants. All propaganda to the contrary,
it must be remembered that it i.s still
a privilege to be allowed entry into
the United States, not an inalienable
Many gullible "bleeding hearts" arc
all for easting aside the Walter-
McCarran Immigration Act and welcoming the hordes of people clamor-
in g for entry into the country. Proponents of the Act claim that if such
"gulliberals" have their way, the country may well have not one Trojan
horse in the national camp, but millions.
Many informed people are saving,
Let those who have judgment to exercise start exercising it." For pressure
groups are working overtime to
change the Walter-McCarran Act,
with Communists cheering from the
grandstand. Those favoring the Act
charge that some of the opposing
groups lean so far to the left that many
members have permanent curvature
of the spine. They allege that if these
groups have their way, Communists
and fellow-travelers will swell the
Perhaps the most overworked approach in the campaigns of these
opposing pressure groups is an affected sympathy for the downtrodden
people of over-populated countries.
Persons favoring our present immigration policy state that the "emotion
engineers" are masters of this sort of
thing. It is alleged that if these groups
have their way, a national crime, in
the liberalization of immigration, will
be committed in the name of suffering
Individuals favoring the Walter-
Met larran Act say it might be well for
the empathetic and the do-gooders to
pause and take stock. If immigration
bars are let down to the traffic of new
citizens, America, too, will become
overcrowded. A simple, mathematical
explanation reveals why America cannot solve the population problems of
the world. Take Europe, for example
— each year its population increases
three million. America cannot begin
to contribute anything toward the solution of such a problem.
It has been said that the greatest
tragedy regarding immigration is the
way that soft-hearted Americans are
being misled. Under the guise of
humanitarian proposals a campaign of
misrepresentation has been resp'"1'
sible for misleading newspapers, con1'
mentators and far too many otbwj
into thinking that the immigrati*11'
policy of the country is in need °
drastic changes. Actually, the aim °
enemies of the Act is not to change *
as stated by Congressman Walter, 1'"
to destroy it.1
Almost every issue of Commut"'
publications in the United States cwl
for either a weakening or a destru'
tion of the Walter-McCarran Act. TW
in itself is proof enough that the Ay
is doing one of the jobs intend?"'
which is to prevent as many subve'
sives from entering the country as
The American Legion recognfej
the danger, and is in favor of *''
Act. The present rate of immigrati".
suits the economy of the country, ^
the Legion understands that under l"
present quota there will be ciidi''-
jobs for all, which will include retur
The following was stated in a SF
eial tribute by the American Leg'0
The American Legion is for the WaBjfl
McCarran Act because we finally have
law which provides effective weapons '
our fight against subversives . . . because '
'Representative Francis E. Walter, "The ' ,,
About llii- [Humiliation Act," Reader's Pi;
195,1). p. 7. J.
'"Should Basic Changes Be Made in U. S, ""jj,
oration Policy?" The Congressional Digest, Vol-
No. 1 (January, 1956), p. 29.
Facts Forum News, August,