The Immigration Act of 1924( Johnson- Reed Act)

“if a wife is of a different nationality from her alien husband and the entire number of immigration visas which may be issued to quota immigrants of her nationality for the calendar month has already been issued, her nationality may be determined by the country of birth of her husband if she is accompanying him and he is entitled to an immigration visa, unless the total number of immigration visas which may be issued to quota immigrants of the nationality of the husband for the calendar month has already been issued. ”

The Immigration Act of 1924 written by Congress excluded Asian immigrants by prohibiting the immigration of all immigrants ineligible to citizenship. Immigrants had to meet certain quotas.  This Act included provision excluding entry to immigrants who were ineligible by race and nationality.

Sources: Immigration Act of 1924, §§ Nationality-12 a (2)-12 b.

3 Replies to “The Immigration Act of 1924( Johnson- Reed Act)”

  1. I would explain this a little bit further. The quote can be difficult to comprehend. Does this mean that the wife’s nationality is determined from her husband? If a white American woman married an Irish immigrant, would she now be considered Irish?

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  2. This might be better as a supporting document for your earlier entry on the article on immigrant wives. It overlaps with that but I think the other source is more interesting.

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