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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 196?
Thousands of families were re«*united last year as a result of the
Immigration Act of 19&5* Acting Attorney General Ramsey Clark said today.
©lis was due in part '• to a sharp rise in the number of immigrants
from Southern Europe and Asia since the Act went Into effect.
The Act eliminated the discriminatory national origins system mid
gave preference for entrance to close relatives of United States citizens.
Mr* Clark said a year^end report from Raymond F# Farrell, Commis~
sioner of the liomlgration and Naturalization Service, showed that the
Act's humanitarian purposes were being fulfilled*
Preliminary figures Indicated that 338,000 immigrants were given
permanent resident status in 1966*«-eompared with 311>668 in 1965*
Seven countries, which formerly had relatively small quotas, showed
large increases. Here are the comparisons for the two years;
The total immigration from Europe increased by some 36,000 persons
during the year. The increase from Asia was about 29,000 persons * At
the same time, the number of immigrants from countries in North and South
America declined by some 1^0,000,
Among the beneficiaries of the new program;
—A native of Poland, admitted to this country as a displaced person
and then naturalized, finally located his parents—who were living in the
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