Warsaw (Aug. 18)
Congressman Samuel Dickstein, chairman of the Immigration Committee of the United States House of Representatives, now in Warsaw investigating the alleged unjustified non-issuance of U. S. visas to Jewish immigrants, yesterday informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency he is convinced that he has brought about the prevention of further chicanery in medical examinations by physicians attached to the United States consulates in Poland.
Congressman Dickstein had previously charged that the medical officials of the consulates were taking unfair advantage of a number of immigrants who had been promised visas.
Congressman Dickstein yesterday attended a special examination conducted with the participation of the Chief United States Physician for Europe, Dr. MacMiller, where twenty-five immigrants who have been waiting for many years for visas and who have repeatedly been rejected by consulate physicians, were examined.
Fifteen of the twenty-five will in all probability receive visas, Congressman Dickstein stated.
The total number of Jewish candidates in Poland waiting for visas is approximately 600, while the total number of Jews throughout Europe waiting for visas is approximately 5,000, he said.
As a means of preventing possible chicanery, Congressman Dickstein proposes a medical triumvirate at American consulates, to consist of the consulate physician, a local physician and a special physician delegated from the United States.
Congressman Dickstein will introduce a bill to this effect at the next session of Congress.
Under present regulations, the consular physicians are the sole arbiters.
Congressman Dickstein who has been collecting material on the Polish Jewish situation in general, will proceed to Roumania tomorrow.