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Parliament Hears of Jailing of 17 Illegal Immigrants

Seventeen persons, arrested in Palestine on Feb. 7 as illegal immigrants, have been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment after which they will be deported, “if possible, to their country of origin,” Colonial Secretary Malcolm MacDonald stated in the House of Commons yesterday in reply to a question by Col. Josiah Wedgwood (Laborite). Mr. MacDonald said that the practice was to defer execution of a deportation order while the deportee was trying to find a country of asylum. He did not reply to Col. Wedgwood’s further question on whether he knew of any country which would accept them.