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Senate Immigration Committee to Study Proposal to Admit Religious Refugees

The Senate yesterday referred to its Immigration Committee a resolution introduced by Senator W.W. Barbour, Republican of New Jersey, asking for the admission into the United States, annually, of 100,000 refugees who can prove that they are being persecuted in Europe because of their race or religious faith.

The resolution was adopted several weeks ago by the National Democratic Club and the National Republican Club. It provides that the refugee be allowed to remain in this country as visitors for the duration of the war and six months afterwards. The resolution also allows transportation costs for the refugees to be paid by relief organizations.

Two measures to bar from the mails incitements to racial or religious in tolerance will be considered Monday at an open hearing by the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads of the House of Representatives. One bill which would make it a criminal offense to mail “defamatory or false statements which intend to expose persons designated therein by race or religion to hatred,” was introduced by Rep. Walter A. Lynch, New York Democrat. The other proposal was introduced by Rep. Samuel Dickstein, New York Democrat.

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