American Immigration Policy, a Reappraisal

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Appendix B

METHODS BY WHICH NATIONAL ORIGINS QUOTAS WERE CALCULATED
(These quotas became effective July 1, 1929)Senate Documents, 70th Congress, 1st Session. Document No. 65, pp. 5-11. February 15, 1928The Secretary of State The Secretary of Commerce The Secretary of LaborSirs: Carrying out the instructions of the committee appointed by you to conduct investigations and submit a report respecting immigration quotas upon the basis of national origin, I have prepared and submit herewith for your information the following statement outlining the processes followed in arriving at the bases for the quotas submitted in the committee's report of February 15, 1928.The determination of the immigrant quotas on the basis of national origin in accordance with the provision of paragraph (b) (c) and (d) of section 11 of the immigration act of 1924, involves the following processes.
1. From the total population of continental United States as returned in the 1920 census (105,710,620) deductions, as provided in section 11, paragraph (d) of the act, must be made for (1) aliens ineligible to citizenship and their descendants, (2) descendants of slave immigrants, and (3) descendants of American aborigines. The deductions total 10,889,705, leaving a balance of 94,820,915.
2. The remainder of the population must then be attributed to countries of birth or ancestry, as required by section 11, paragraph (c) of the immigration act.
3. The population which is thus attributed to nonquota countries -- namely, Canada, Newfoundland, the 20 Latin-American republics

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