1924: The Johnson Reed “Quotas Act”

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The Johnson Reed Immigration Act of 1924 was signed by President Calvin Coolidge and imposed a national origins quota that limited the annual number of immigrants allowed into the United States. Immigrants of any one nationality could not exceed 2% of the population of that nationality already residing in the U.S. according to the 1890 census. Asians, howerver, were entirely excluded from the origins quota and were not allowed entry under any circumstances.

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Milestones: 1921 – 1936