Opening Statement of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy to Hearings on S. 500

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On January 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson called on Congress to eliminate the nation’s forty-year-old national origins quota system as the basis for immigration and pass an immigration law “based on the work a man can do and not where he was born or how he spells his name.” An administration-backed bill, S. 500, was introduced by Senator Philip A. Hart (D-MI), and on February 10, the Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary began hearings on the bill. In the opening statement of those hearings, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) whose brother, President John F. Kennedy, had backed similar legislation, spoke passionately of the need for an immigration policy based on “the principle of equality and fair play for the people of all nations.”

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United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization. "Opening Statement of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy to Hearings on S. 500." Opening Statement of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy to Hearings on S. 500, February 10, 1965; Hearings of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, S. 500, To amend the Immigration and Naturalization Act; “S. 500 Folder 1 of 11” folder, Legislative Files, Box 9; Committee on the Judiciary; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46; National Archives.. Accessed 25 June 2019. http://acsc.lib.udel.edu/items/show/301.

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Opening Statement of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy to Hearings on S. 500

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Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

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On January 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson called on Congress to eliminate the nation’s forty-year-old national origins quota system as the basis for immigration and pass an immigration law “based on the work a man can do and not where he was born or how he spells his name.” An administration-backed bill, S. 500, was introduced by Senator Philip A. Hart (D-MI), and on February 10, the Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary began hearings on the bill. In the opening statement of those hearings, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) whose brother, President John F. Kennedy, had backed similar legislation, spoke passionately of the need for an immigration policy based on “the principle of equality and fair play for the people of all nations.”

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United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization

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Opening Statement of the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy to Hearings on S. 500, February 10, 1965; Hearings of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, S. 500, To amend the Immigration and Naturalization Act; “S. 500 Folder 1 of 11” folder, Legislative Files, Box 9; Committee on the Judiciary; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46; National Archives.

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Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Date

1965-02-10

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Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration

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