Chicago (Nov. 12)
A request that Congress adopt legislation permitting the immigration for permanent residence of child war victims over the regular quota was voiced last night at the closing session of the 17th triennial convention of the National Council of Jewish Women. The convention also asked for the establishment of “Nansen Passports” for persons driven from their homes by the war.
Other resolutions pledged that the Council would fight to safeguard the Negro’s rights as a citizen, would attempt to promote a program of education to develop a better attitude toward the Negro people, and would help to establish community welfare projects and lend support to Negro social and welfare organizations.
Earlier, the convention delegates heard United States Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization Earl Harrison warn the American people that they should “look around first for political opportunism in all arguments against immigration.” If we give free play to prejudice and race bias, “we will be a sick nation,” Mr. Harrison continued. He paid tribute to the Council’s 50 years of activities in behalf of immigrants. Mrs. Joseph M. Welt of Detroit was elected president of the Council for the coming three-year period.