Small Prospects Seen for Immigrant Relief Measures in Congress

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Conflicting predictions regarding the prospect of relative relief legislation were made following the meeting of the House Immigration Committee yesterday, where Congressman Perlman appeared to urge that the Committee report to the House a resolution of some kind for the relief of wives and children of declarants. Congressman Dickstein was present as a member of the Committee and joined Congressman Perlman in the plea for relief.

Congressman Perlman declared he received encouraging information following the meeting indicating that some form of favorable action will be taken by the Committee and work has been started in drafeing a resolution. A non-Jewish member of the Committee who though not a liberal immigrationist, has on a number of occasions manifested sympathy with the efforts to obtain relief for wives and children, declared that the Committee took no action and in his opinion nothing will be done this session of Congress although there is a possibility of something being done at the next session.

In view of these conflicting statements, a correspondent interviewed Chairman Johnson, who manifested a non-committal attitude. He refused to say noting will be done this session, but neither would he admit that relief is contemplated or that the situation has in any way changed as the result of the meetings. He did, however, greatly deprecated the unduly optimistic reports which have been sent abroad tending to lead immigrants to believe the Perlman bill would be favorably acted upon.

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