The Secretary of State to the Italian Chargé ( Rosso )
The Secretary of State presents his compliments to the Royal Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Italy, and has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of his note of September thirteenth, 1922, having further reference to the provision of the restrictive Immigration Act of May 21 , 1921,8 which requires that nationality shall be determined by country of birth, and inquiring whether there is not a way to have this provision amended so that the passport and not the place of birth may be the element on which to establish the assignment of aliens to their respective national quotas.
The Secretary of State informs the Chargé that, as the method of determining the nationality of an alien for quota purposes is specifically [Page 589] stipulated in the Act of Congress above mentioned, a strict adherence to this provision is mandatory. The question of future amendments to this law will have consideration at the appropriate time.
- 42 Stat. 5. Act extended until June 30, 1924, by joint resolution of May 11, 1922 (42 Stat. 540).↩