• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) PICKED UP A CHALLENGE THROW DOWN BY CUBAN PRIME MINISTER, DR.FIDEL?

  • Description

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) PICKED UP A CHALLENGE THROW DOWN BY CUBAN PRIME MINISTER, DR.FIDEL CASTRO, AND OPENED THE UNITED STATES FOR THE ENTRY OF THOUSAND OF CUBANS WHO WANT TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY.

    AS THE PRESIDENT SIGNED A NEW LIBERALISED IMMIGRATION BILL AT THE FOOT OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, HE ANNOUNCED THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD SEEK AN AGREEMENT WITH DR.CASTRO TO ALLOW CUBANS TO ACCEPT ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES.

    LAST WEEK, DR.CASTRO OFFERED TO PROVIDE TWO DAILY PLANE FLIGHTS TO MIAMI FOR OPPONENTS OF HIS REGIME, CLAIMING THAT "IMPERIALISTS" ALONE HAD STOPPED PEOPLE LEAVING CUBA BY CLOSING TRAVEL ROUTES.

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON SAID THE OFFER BY THE CUBAN LEADER, AS WELL AS THE FLIGHT OF ABOUT 270,000 CUBANS FROM THEIR HOMELAND TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS "STAMPED THE MARK OF FAILURE" ON CASTRO REGIME.

    HE CONTINUED: "WE WILL WELCOME THESE CUBAN PEOPLE, FOR THE TIDES OF HISTORY RUN STRONG, AND IN ANOTHER DAY THEY CAN RETURN TO THEIR HOMELAND TO FIND IT CLEANSED OF TERROR AND FREE FROM FEAR."
    THE NEW IMMIGRATION BILL SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT ABOLISHES THE FORMER NATIONAL ORIGINS QUOTA SYSTEM, WHICH FAVOURED IMMIGRANTS FROM NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE, AND GAVE ONLY SMALL QUOTAS TO ASIA, AFRICA, SOUTHERN AND EASTERN EUROPE.

    IT FIXES AN ANNUAL IMMIGRATION CEILING OF 120,000 FOR THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, AND 170,000 FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD, IMMIGRANTS WILL BE ADMITTED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR SKILLS AND RELATIONSHIP TO THOSE ALREADY LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES.

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON CHOSE LIBERTY ISLAND, IN NEW YORK HARBOUR, AS THE SIGNING SITE, TO DRAMATISE HIS LONG FIGHT AGAINST THE DISCRIMINATORY NATIONAL-ORIGINS SYSTEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6AYZ4HQ98NLINNJQTHURDMMD
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6AYZ4HQ98NLINNJQTHURDMMD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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