Hias Asks U.S. to Ease Rules for Foreigners
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Hias Asks U.S. to Ease Rules for Foreigners

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The U. S. Secretary of Labor has been petitioned by the Philadelphia branch of HIAS which met at its forty-ninth annual conference here, to show leniency in enforcing present immigration laws and regulations.

A list of specific demands includes legalization of the entry of aliens who came to this country between June 3, 1921, and July 1, 1924, granting permanent admission to aliens admitted as nonimmigrant and are on a non-quota status, empowering the Secretary of Labor to refrain from deporting immigrants where the cases would involve particular hardship and measures be established facilitating the entry of aliens more than sixty years of age and under twenty-one years old as a means of reuniting families here.

The meeting which was attended by delegates of about 300 organizations, was addressed by H. H. Cohen, president of the Philadelphia branch; Murray LeVine, executive, director; John L. Bernstein, chairman of foreign activities; Isidore Hershfield, Washington representative; Howard S. Levy, honorary president; Mrs. Reba Shestak, chairman of the women???s division, and Benjamin Rubinstein, assistant director of the Philadelphia branch.

In his report of activities for the year, Mr. LeVine reported that 1,897 applications were received from various sources to locate families in Philadelphia, or Philadelphia desiring to locate relatives abroad. Of these 820 nave been successfully concluded, and 1,077 are still pending. Through HIAS Mr. LeVine reported, 7,796 persons sent to relatives abroad the ## of $84,629.37.

During that same period 7,540 persons called in the office for information relative to immigration or naturalization. In this group many enter who come here for advice and information which have little to do with either immigration or naturalization, but domestic difficulties that come to the lives of those who have not been in the country long enough to assimilate themselves to the new environments and conditions. Most of these requests were adjusted directly, and some referred to other agencies.

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