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Admission to U.S. of Relatives of American Citizens, Refugees of German Persecutions, Directed in R

Congressman Dickstein, Chairman of the House Immigration Committee has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives requesting the Secretary of State to “direct Consuls to disregard the Presidential order of Sept 8, 1930, and revert to the provisions of the law in force prior to that date in examining applicants for immigration visas.”

The resolution points out that the orders issued to Consuls abroad had led to the arbitrary refusal of admission to relatives of American citizens entitled to enter, resulting in the separation of families, in untold hardship, and in the sending of vast sums of American money abroad in order to maintain relatives so excluded.

The resolution further declares that among those excluded from the United States under the order of September 1930, are also hundreds of children, wives, and parents of American citizens at present subjected to religious and political persecution in Germany, and who have been compelled to take refuge in other parts of the world, although their American families here are well able to protect and care for them. The resolution concludes:

“Be it resolved that the Secretary of State be and hereby is directed to issue certain instructions to Consular officers abroad which will insure complete justice to any applicant for a visa to come to the United States under the immigration laws without regard to the aforesaid Executive order which was issued by the President on the eighth day of September, 1930.”

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