An appeal to New York State’s representatives in the United States Congress to support three bills, awaiting passage, which would humanize present immigration, measures was made today by former Congressman Nathan D. Perlman.
Perlman, who is a vice-president of the American Jewish Congress, is the author of the amendment to the immigration Law passed by Congress, which gives non-quota status to wives and children of American citizens and preferential status to their parents.
The bills for which he urges passage are known technically as H. R. 9364, H. R. 8312, and H. R. 9725.
The first would legalize the residence in this country of aliens who entered up until July 1, 1924. The second would give the government discretion to permit persons to change their status without the necessity of first leaving the country. Under present regulations a person who wishes to change his status from a visitor to that of an applicant for permanent admission must first leave the country and apply through a consulate abroad.
The third measure would liberalize the discretionary powers vested in the Department of Labor in deportation cases.
PASSAGE WOULD HIT NAZIS
In urging the passage of these bills Perlman declared: The passage of these bills will do much to humanize the workings of our present immigration regulations. Such legislation, in addition to its immediate effects upon the groups involved, will, in my judgment, have an important effect upon public opinion in this country and abroad.
“At this time when Nazism is seeking to gain a strangle hold upon the world and is exercising great effort to reproduce its medieval practices and philosophy in our own country, such a liberal gesture will have the effect of repudiating Nazism and of reaffirming the traditional principles and practices of a liberal, humane and democratic society on which the American nation is predicated.”