Washington (Apr. 23)
While no changes can be made by the conference committee representing the two houses, which now has the immigration bill under consideration, without the unanimous consent of both houses, which is highly improbable, a movement is already developing for the passage of a special act continuing the international immigration treaties.
The reason for this movement is the fact that members representing districts in New York, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburg, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle and some of the agricultural States have reason to know that they will not receive the support of important racial groups because of their vote for the quotas incorporated in the bill.
Protests of many Christian churches urging the President to veto the bill on the grounds of common decency are expected. According to an official of the Red Cross, the religious element is practically unanimous in condemning the act of Congress giving affront to the Japanese people in such a manner as to seriously handicap the Christian movement in the Far East.
It is believed here by leaders of both parties that the President will consent to sign the measure only with the understanding that a supplementary bill perpetuating the “gentlemen’s agreement” accompany it.