The Act of 1952, known as the McCarran-Walter Act,
became law when Congress overrode the President’s veto,
and it was enacted on June 27, 1952, as Public Law 414,
82d Cong., 2d Sess. Under its terms the law was designated
the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Although the McCarran-Walter Act has been repeatedly
amended, it still is the basic statute dealing with immigra
tion and nationality. The amendments have been fitted into
the structure of the parent statute and most of the original
enactment remains undisturbed.
The Act of 1952 was described as a recodification of exist
ing law, but actually it made many changes, some of them