1952 New Immigration Quotas Takes Effect

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With growing fears of foreigners spawned by the Cold War, the Congress passed the most restrictive immigration bill ever. It based quotas on the 1920 census of the American population, limiting entry to those foreigners who had high levels of education, technical skills, or financial assets. President Truman vetoed the bill, stating that it would "intensify the repressive and inhuman aspects of our immigration procedure."

Two days later the Congress overrode the presidential veto.