Special Ruling Vote Asked in Congress for Immigration Law Amendment

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The House Immigration Committee yesterday voted authority to Chairman Johason to ask for recognition by Speaker Longworth for a suspension of the rules to enable immediate consideration and a vote upon the bill reported by the committee, exempting from the quota children up to twenty-one and husbands of American citizens. This bill also provides for placing the wives and unmarried children under twenty-one of aliens living in the United States in the preferred class within quota.

This action became necessary because of the failure of the Rules Committee to take action on the resolution for granting a special rule for consideration by the House of this bill.

Approximately two weeks remain before adjournment of Congress on March 4th, and the step now contemplated by Chairman Johnson was taken in order to insure action before adjournment.

Mr. Braman, representing the New York Patriotic Society, testified yesterday before a subcommittee regarding Americanization and education work being done by his society in New York among adult aliens. He deseribed the plan set into operation whereby school children of alien parents have been enlisted to teach their elders the English language and other rudimentary Americanization requirements in return for which children are given scholastic credit in civics. He declared that out of 5,600 school children who were asked to do this work, 4,000 responded. Mr. Braman spoke in praise of the desire to become Americanized evident among adult aliens in New York.

When the Committee voted the authority to Chairman Johnson, the National Origins Bill, which is also awaiting action by the House, came up for discussion. Opinion was divided regarding the course to be pursued. One group favored insisting upon a special resolution while the other pointed out if the House does not unite with the Senate on the one year suspension already voted by the latter body neither bill will go into effect because of the resultant delay which will permit the National Origins plan to become a law. Decision on this question was deferred until the next meeting which will probably be held during the coming week.

A check for $100 to be used in Jewish charitable work has been given to Rabbi Julius Gordon of the Temple Emmanuel, Worcester, Mass., as a result of a recent “Christian Pal” meeting sponsored by the Avoda Club. At the meeting addresses were made by a rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Protestant clergyman. The donor, whose name is withheld, said the gift was “in appreciation of what this meeting meant in the establishment of religious good will in the city.”

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