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Special Board to Consider Appeals for Release of Enemy Aliens is Formed

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Attorney General Francis Biddle today announced the appointment of a 22-member panel constituting a Special Alien Enemy Hearing Board to consider appeals for release by interned enemy aliens who have recently been transferred from the custody of the Army to that of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Special boards composed of four to eight members drawn from this panel will make periodic visits to the various detention centers maintained by the Service for the purpose of conducting hearings. This procedure, the Attorney General said, is regarded as more economical and efficient than transporting individual alien enemies back to their home jurisdictions for such hearings before local boards. All cases to be considered by the special boards are those of alien enemies appealing from internment orders.

Members of the panel were selected from among more than 400 members of local Alien Enemy Hearing Boards established throughout the country early in 1942. Members of the panel, as well as members of local boards, serve voluntarily without pay, though their expenses are borne by the Government. The Attorney General said that transfer of 4,120 interned alien enemies from Army custody to camps maintained by the Immigration and Naturalization Service was completed several weeks ago.

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