Washington (Mar. 1)
The need for legislative changes in the immigration laws of the United States was emphasized yesterday in a circular sent out by the National Council of Jewish Women to all its local branches throughout the country.
The circular urges the Jewish women of America to obtain public support for three measures submitted to the present session of Congress, urging changes in favor of non-immigrants or students who are anxious to remain permanently in the United States, and empowering the Secretary of Labor to use discretion in allowing certain aliens subject to deportation to remain in the United States.
WHAT BILLS SEEK
The measures specifically recommend:
1. Any alien who has been admitted in good faith as non-immigrant or as a student and who desires to remain permanently in the United States may, in the discretion of the Secretary of Labor, have his status adjusted without leaving the country, on payment of a fee of $18.
2. The Secretary of Labor should be given discretion to allow an alien subject to deportation to remain in the United States, if he is of good moral character, has not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude and has been living continuously in the United States for a period of not less than ten years, providing that he has not knowingly engaged in subversive political agitation. The same should be allowed for an alien who has in the United States a near relative who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence or is a citizen of the United States.
3. The privilege of obtaining a certificate of registry should be extended to any alien not ineligible to citizenship, provided he has resided in the United States for a period of ten years or more immediately prior to the filing of his application and is a person of good moral character and is not subject to deportation.