Bill for Voluntary Alien Registration Considered by House Committee
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Bill for Voluntary Alien Registration Considered by House Committee

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Bill Is Intended to Legalize Status of Those Irregularly Entered (Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The Holaday bill providing for the voluntary registration of aliens was considered by the House Immigration Committee yesterday and discussed at length. No decision was reached by the Committee.

Congressman Holaday pointed out that his bill aims solely to legalize the permanent status of aliens who entered America irregularly up to a certain date. The aliens would accomplish this. he said. by registering, whereby they could also become American citizens. He declared that none of these aliens in the United States can become American citizens and those against whom the status of limitations has not run out can also be deported.

Congressman Sabath opposed the bill declaring that it is in reality intended, and will, prepare the way for a compulsory registration bill for all immigrants, even though it is true that the provisions of the Holaday bill in its present form are harmless and have a good purpose in view which must certainly be provided for. Congressman Sabath stated that there is urgent need of a bill to enable the naturalization and legalization of those who entered the country irregularly, and who are desirable residents of the country. However, all idea of registration should be eliminated from the bill.

From present indications it appears that the Holaday bill may be accepted after certain changes have been made. The Committee will meet to take up the bill again next week.

The fifty-third annual meeting of the ?nd Street Y. M. H. A. New York City, will be held tonight at the Y. M. H. A. building. Joseph M. Proskauer, President of the institution, will present his annual report. Walter T. Diack. General Secretary of the Y. M. C. A’s of New York City, will be one of the speakers at the dinner to be given in connection with the meeting. Louis Marshall, L. Edwin Goldwasser, Erness Katz, representing the “Old Timers.” and Max Rubin, will address the gathering.

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