Washington (Apr. 8)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
Considerable concern is beginning to develop here in circles interested in the relative exemption bills over the delay by both the House and Senate Immigration Committees with reference to this proposed legislation.
The House Immigration Committee is still taken up with the Deportation Bill, upon which it has made only slight progress. An executive meeting of the Committee was held on Tuesday, the entire time of which, it is understood, was taken up with discussion of the seamen’s provisions. Several meetings of the committee were scheduled for last week, but all were postponed until Tuesday. A hearing was held yesterday regarding the admission of aliens who fought in the American army during the World War, but the committee took no action. It appears that no further meeting will be held until next week.
With the Deportation Bill still undisposed of the possibilities of early action upon the relative bill of the Committee becomes more remote. The Senate sub-committee, consisting of Senators Reed, Means and Blease, to whom the Wadsworth relative bill was referred, has not yet made its report. It is understood that this committee is ready to do so, but is unable to act because other occupation of members of the main committee prevents this committee from meeting, probably until next week. While the nature of the sub-committee’s report is unknown it is rumored to be unfavorable. The main committee need not, however, be bound by the report.
The present alarm over the delay rests chiefly on the fear that the time left before adjournment, which is expected not later than June, is too short to positively insure an adequate consideration and adoption of this relief legislation.