NEW YORK (Jul. 31)
The Argentine Government has created a special board to pass on all applications for admission to the country, the New York Times reports in a dispatch from Buenos Aires.
The board, established under a decree which becomes effective Oct. 1, comprises representatives of the Interior, Foreign and Agriculture ministries. It will examine applications for immigration forwarded to it by consuls abroad. Landing permits will be sent the consuls for all applications approved, without which visas will not be issued.
According to the Times, the decree is understood to have been drawn because of the great number of Central Europeans desiring to enter Argentina and to prevent an influx of emigres who will work for wages lower than the prevailing standards. Jews are not mentioned in the decree, aim of which is to assure selective immigration, preferably of farmers with independent means.
A Rio de Janeiro dispatch reports that the commission named by President Vargas to decide the fate of 4,800 refugees from Europe soon will begin its study of those who arrived as tourists on six-month visas but remained illegally. Each refugee, the dispatch states, will be asked to present within 120 days a report of his means of support. Commission investigators will check each case.