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Quotas for Countries of Jewish Immigration Exhausted; Jews Not Affected by New Plan

The immigration quotas for Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Czecho-Slovakia, Roumania, Hungary, Germany and Palestine were all exhausted during the past fiscal year ending June, 1930, according to an announcement issued today by the state department. These countries are the chief source of Jewish immigration to the United States. From these countries a total of 44,676 immigrants were admitted during the last fiscal year in which 11,526 Jewish immigrants were admitted from all countries.

At the same time the state department ordered a stricter application of that part of the immigration law holding up passports from immigrants likely to become “public charges” after admission to the United States. This step was taken at the personal request of President Hoover who is seeking to restrict immigration as much as possible in order to relieve the unemployment situation.

This step, however, is not likely to affect Jewish immigration to any large extent, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed today by Isaac L. Assofsky, general manager of the Hebrew Emmigrant Aid Society. Mr. Assofsky pointed out that the bulk of Jewish immigration to this country consists of family reunions, with parents sending for minor children and children sending for aged parents. All of these immigrants are provided for by their kin here before their arrival and hence there is no likelihood of their becoming public charges.

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