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Bill Is Far Reaching

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Day
24
Month
July
Year
1894
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Public Domain
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Washington, July Ul. - The congresonal luthorities onimniigration lawsare much extrcised over the passage of j esentative William A. Stone's immigraion bil! in the house while most of the members were watching the exciting cenes in the senate. The Stoue biü is ! eaching in its effect n the system of ; pecting i inmigran ts, as the eutire inection is transferred to foreign ports and laced in the hands of United States uls instead of waiting for inspection at New York and otlier ports when the imiigraat arrivés in this country. "I expect to see the bill taken up by the enate at au early day and passed," said Ir. Stone, "and already several senators who recogmze the evils of innnigration lave signified their purpose to urge it to peedy passaae., Has Proved a Failure. "The present immigration system has roved a failure. Immigrante keep comng without referenee to the restricions. The system is wrong, as it leaves he immigrant to furnish all the informaion on wliich he is to be received or reected." Mr. Stone was asked if the removal of he systetn to forei u ports would not uecessitate a lartre ioroe of inspectora, or else give United States consuls addiional work entitling them to additional pay. "No," said Mr. Stone, "efforts have )een made to so change the bilí as to let .he treasury department appoint the foreign inspectora. Suca a change would necessitate the creation of a large forcé of office holders. But as the bilí stands ,he United States consuls, who are not overburdened with work, will have charge of the inspection." lt is understood that Senators Davis, Chindler and Quay will particularly in;erest themselves in the Stoue bilí with a view to its early adoption. liill To Tax Immigrants. Represeutative Meiklejohn, speaking in regard to his bilí providing for a tax of ?U0 on each alien immigrant, said: "Wheñ the population of this nation increases by more than a half million of foreign immigrants annually the limitation of ioreign immigration has become a question of national importance. We have developed our natural resources and Bustained the standard of American wages through the levying of a duty on manufactures of foreign labor. Wages are subject to the law of supply and demand. Wage earuers are as much interested in preserving our field of labor for the American wage worker as the protectiou of the products of his labor from the competition of tbe foreign manüfacturer. Maintaining the Wage Scale. "The policy of placing a duty on importations of the product of foreign workmen at a rate sufficient to equalize the difference between our domestic and foreign cost of labor has established an incomparable scale of wages in this nation for our wage earners and which in my judgement can only be maintaiued by extending tbe game beneficent policy to the immigration of ioreign laborers. The bill which I have proposed exempts all relatives of auy American citizen or any person who has declared his intention to become such, who may desire to immigrate to the United States while a duty of 1100 per capita is levied upon all other alien immigrants. Every citizen, whether native or foreign born, is alike interested la keepiug from our shores the class of immigration wbich this measure would prohibit."

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