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House Committee Would Legalize Entry of Aliens Unable to Prove Admission

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The House Immigration Committee decided yesterday to favorably report Congress-man Schneider’s bill to legalize the admittance of all aliens unable to show evidence of legal entry who came to America prior to June 3, 1921.

According to this bill such aliens will be issued certificates of arrival and may become American citizens by registering with the Government, upon payment of a registration fee of twenty dollars. The certificates of arrival will be issued by the Commissioner of Naturalization, subject to the approval of the Secretary of Labor.

The bill sets up additional conditions. As a prerequisite to the issuance of a certificate, the alien must have resided in the United States continuously since the time of his original entry. He must be of good moral character and not otherwise subject to deportation.

Congressman Dickstein of New York sought to persuade the committee to extend the limitation period to 1924, but the committee rejected his proposal. The Committee’s decision was reached by a majority of only one, all three of the Jewish members, Congressmen Sabath, Dickstein and Golder, voting for the bill.

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