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January 6, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(1):46. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510280050012

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During the year ending June 30, 1905, according to official figures, over one million emigrants landed in this country, thus eclipsing all previous records. With such an influx it would seem impossible that all could be of a desirable class, and the question was discussed at some length at the National Conference on Immigration, which recently met in New York. This body, composed of delegates from every portion of the United States and fairly representative of public opinion on this subject, adopted certain resolutions, including recommendation of changes in the present law regulating immigration and the stricter enforcement of existing regulations. Among the changes suggested were the extension of definitions of the excluded classes, defining the term "likely to become public charities" so as to include "all persons of enfeebled vitality, whether such condition is due to defect, inheritance, disease or to advanced age," and advocating the examination of intending

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