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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/18/1953 - HFSID 5377

JOHN F. KENNEDY The Senator reports that the immigration request of a constituent's brother will be approved, but delayed Typed Letter Signed: "Jack" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7½x10. Washington, District of Columbia, December 18, 1953. On his U.S.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY The Senator reports that the immigration request of a constituent's brother will be approved, but delayed Typed Letter Signed: "Jack" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7½x10. Washington, District of Columbia, December 18, 1953. On his U.S. Senate letterhead to Mr. Anthony Galluccio, Boston, Massachusetts. Begins: "Dear Tony". In full: "With reference to the letter you forwarded to me from Mrs. Ann Spinosa in behalf of her brother, Cosmo Pasciuto, I wish to advise that on November 30, 1953, I forwarded to Mrs. Spinosa copy of report which I had received from the consular authorities at Naples, Italy, outlining the present status regarding Cosmo's case. For your information, I am quoting this report below: 'An approved petition according Mr. Pasciuto fourth preference status in the issuance of an immigrant visa is on file at this office, and his name has been entered on the waiting list with priority of December 24, 1952, the date the petition was filed in his favor, in accordance with Sec. 42.25(c) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Mr. Pasciuto has submitted the personal documents required by law in support of his visa application, which have been examined and found to be in order. However, it has been necessary to postpone the further processing of this case since the fourth preference portion of the Italian quota is now heavily oversubscribed. You may rest assured that Mr. Pasciuto will be notified when a quota number becomes available for his use and at that time further careful and sympathetic consideration will be accorded his visa application.' Unfortunately, it appears as though Cosmo must expect some delay in his case. However, I am sure you realize the present situation as explained above. If, after a reasonable length of time, you feel a follow-up in this case would be in order, I shall be happy to do so." John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, was elected U.S. Senator from the state in November 1952. He took office in January 1953, just 11 months before he signed this letter with his nickname, "Jack", which he reserved for friends and family. Here, JFK corresponds with his longtime friend, Anthony Galluccio, who worked as a full-time staff member to get Kennedy elected to the Senate. "Galooch," as Jack called him, had helped Kennedy acquire the votes of the numerous Italian-Americans. Once Kennedy was in the Senate, Galluccio, an attorney, contacted him on behalf of people seeking recommendations for employment and other matters. Most often, Galluccio contacted Kennedy about Italian-Americans desiring immigration visas for family members, as evidenced in this letter. The Immigration Act of 1952, also known as the McCarran-Walter Act, abolished the racial and gender restrictions of the 1924 legislation but created quotas by nationality. As the 35th U.S. President (1961-1963), on July 23, 1963, just four months before he would be assassinated in Dallas, Texas, JFK presented a plan for a new immigration policy that would end the quota system and encourage the reuniting of families. Kennedy's successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed such a bill into law on October 3, 1965. Slightly creased with folds, not at signature. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31¼x22¼.

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