WASHINGTON (Sep. 25)
Permission for refugees, fleeing internment and deportation in France, to enter the United States was urged in a resolution submitted to Congress today by Rep. Emanuel Celler, New York Democrat.
The resolution, which was sent to the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization, would authorize the State and Justice Departments to admit “as refugees” anyone living in France on Sept. 15 “upon proof being shown that said intended immigrants are refugees fleeing round-up, internment, castigation and punishment and other religious persecutions inspired or conducted by Nazi authorities or French officials under compulsion.”
The resolution proposed by Congressman Celler cites the protests against Laval’s policy by the Canadian government and the Catholic clergy within France, as well as the protest by the United States. It recalls the traditional American hospitality to refugees, enunciated by Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and President Roosevelt.