HYDE PARK, N.Y. (Oct. 23)
President Roosevelt intends to do everything in his power to persuade the British government not to curtail Jewish immigration into Palestine, Senator Robert F. Wagner announced yesterday after a conference with the President.
Senator Wagner, who came here especially to enlist Mr. Roosevelt’s aid in averting what he called a “tragic threat to the existence of the Jewish people in Europe,” declared that the President could do more than protest formally to Britain against restriction of immigration, but would not specify the nature of the move he had in mind.
Senator Wagner said he felt certain that administration efforts to forestall contemplated restrictions on Jewish immigration would succeed.
“The President is greatly concerned about Palestine and favors its continued use as a Jewish national home without limitation,” he said. “He is watching the situation from day to day and will do all in his power to prevent limitations from being placed on immigration. The President said that everything that can be done will be done to prevent it.”
Asked what this government might do in the matter beyond the overtures already made to the British Government, Senator Wagner said: “I believe that we are so situated that we can make our protests effective. I am still very hopeful and I cannot persuade myself otherwise than that Palestine will continue to be used as a Jewish national home.”