The U.S. Italian Community and the Immigration Act of 1924

In 1924, Congressman Albert Johnson and Senator David Reed introduced and helped pass an act of Congress that drastically reduced immigration from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. As one of the targets of the legislation, immigrants from Italy had long been in the crosshairs of anti-immigrant bigotry. With the new law enacted, Johnson and Reed scored a bulls-eye. A brief look at the history of the infamous Act brings to mind that Italians once stood in a similar place as many immigrants from the Middle East do today.

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