Washington (Jan. 14)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Chairman Johnson of the House Immigration Committee sprang a surprise yesterday when he submitted a proposal of his own regarding the amendment of the present immigration law.
Chairman Johnson proposed to exempt from the quota the parents of American citizens who have already applied for preference visas under the present law and in addition, those who would apply during the fiscal year 1927. He also proposed to place within the consuls’ discretion the preference class within the quota of wives and children up to eighteen of declarants. This is contrary to the Wadsworth amendment, which proposes to totally exempt the latter class, and would grant practically no relief.
Congressmen Sabath and Dickstein are vigorously opposing Congressman Johnson’s proposal. The Committee took no action at yesterday’s meeting, confining itself to discussion of the proposal. Meanwhile, consideration of the Sabath bill was postponed. The next meeting of the Committee will probably be held next week.