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Roosevelt Vetoes Special Bills Legalizing Entry of Illegal Immigrants

President Roosevelt today indicated his disapproval of special congressional bills legalizing the illegal entrance of aliens into this country.

The President vetoed two special bills giving right of permanent residence in this country to two German seamen who came here illegally in 1926 and who are facing deportation.

In his disapproval of the bills, the President stated that under the Alien Registration Act, the Attorney General was given the power to review cases where deportation would work a hardship on illegal entrants into this country and the Attorney General should pass on such cases rather than Congress.

The President pointed out in his veto that under the Alien Registration Act deportable aliens will be given a fair hearing and the Attorney General has full discretion as to whether deportation would work a moral or financial hardship on such persons.

The Chief Executive’s veto came on the eve of the registration of the country’s 3,600,000 aliens. Earl G. Harrison Director of Registration, said that the case of each alien found to be in this country illegally “will be decided on its individual merits.” Deportable aliens face no immediate danger of being sent out of the country.

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