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Public Hearing Set for Perlman Immigration Bills

January 6th was set by Chairman Johnson of the House Immigration Committee as the date for the public hearing of the two bills introduced by Congressman Nathan D. Perlman-one to exempt from the quota certain additional relatives of citizens and declarants and the other to admit, free from quota restrictions, holders of old immigration visas who were excluded by exhaustion of quotas under the previous law. This would enable the entry of the thousands of refugees stranded in various ports, who are unable to proceed to the United States because their old visas are now invalid.

Congressman Perlman stated that he expects to be in New York tomorrow, when he will confer with Louis Marshall and other prominent Jews and ask them to appear at the public hearing in January to support his bills. He expressed hope that the bills will ultimately be adopted, even if considerable modification is deemed necessary. He stated that the reference of President Coolidge in his message in favor of humanizing the immigration law will help the proposed legislation a great deal. Congressman Perlman admitted, however, that considerable opposition has already been expressed by restrictionists against his bills and that a strong fight must be expected.

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