House Immigration Committee May Approve 2 Dickstein Bills

From the expression of sentiment at the meeting of the House immigration committee there appears the possibility that the committee will report favorably two of Congressman Dickstein’s immigration bills, one to exempt from the quota parents of American citizens and the second to give the Secretary of Labor discretion to readmit aliens that have been deported.

The committee’s attitude toward the other four bills introduced by Congressman Dickstein at the beginning of the present session has not yet crystallized. A vote on the bills may be taken today, although this is yet uncertain.

In addition to the bill to place the Western hemisphere under the quota another bill was discussed to authorize action to effect court cancellation of the citizenship of a naturalized citizen if he stays abroad beyond a certain period. At present the presumption of expatriation arises in case of an absence abroad of more than five years but this presumption may be rebutted by convincing evidence of intention not to abandon American domicile.

Under the above mentioned bill citizenship cancellation is mandatory. This bill will however be deferred pending further information.

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