Not only is nothing new under the North End sun, it can apply today to Washington.
Despite tremendous demand from a long list of immigration reform organizations, anti-discrimination associations and “ethnic” groups, the U.S. House of Representatives in August 1956 took no action to amend the racist McCarran-Walter immigration law. This law established national immigration quotas based on an early 1900 census, which highly favored immigrants from Northern Europe, with very small quotas to Southern and Eastern Europeans and ridiculously low quotas for Asians and Africans. Quotas from Ireland and Great Britain were never filled, but unused numbers could not be used by other countries. The Italian News ran countless articles demanding immigration reform and an end to national and racial discrimination.