Due to the mass exodus of immigrants to the U.S. in the early 20th Century, on Feb. 5, 1917Congress passed the 1917 Immigration Act, overriding the Presidential veto exercised by President Woodrow Wilson. This legislation limited the number of undesirables from entering the country, also banning all illiterate adults over the age of 16. Such controversial legislation attempted to ease overcrowding in major cities, a result of those migrating to escape the ravages of the war in Europe.
Today In History- February 5
Immigration Act passed over Wilson's veto.
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Immigration Act passed despite Wilson disapproval.
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