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The Emergency Quota Act is passed into law on May 19 News Events


The act limited the number of immigrants that were allowed to come to the United States. The yearly limits that were created restricted the number of immigrants from any country to three percent of the number of people from a country already living in the USA as of the 1910 census. This did not restrict immigration from Latin America and professionals were also excluded from the limits, no matter their nationality.


The Emergency Quota Act was a response to anti-immigrant sentiment and the high unemployment that followed World War I. The quotas mainly affected Eastern and Southern European immigrants, greatly limiting the number of people from those war-torn countries that were allowed into the United States. It also marked an important point in US immigration policy, becoming the first instance of restrictions on European immigration and the first use of a quota system.


Part of 1921 Accessories