SOUTH AFRICA: Closing the Door

For the past two years a steady stream of Asian women and children, mostly Indians seeking reunion with husbands and parents, has poured into South Africa to join the 360,000 Asians already there. Last week the flow reached flood proportions, then stopped as suddenly as the flow of water from a reservoir when the sluice gates are closed. In late 1953 South Africa passed a law barring all future immigration of Asians into white-supremist South Africa. On the night before the law went into effect last week, the airports were jammed with last-minute arrivals. A party of 150 Asians...

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