WASHINGTON (Jun. 13)
Rep. William T. Byrne (Dem.-N. Y.), today became the eighth member of the House of Representatives to introduce a measure urging the President to establish “free ports” as temporary havens for refugees.
In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Byrne said that the plan to bring 1,000 refugees to Fort Ontario “should be just a start.” He said he thought the eventual number to be brought here would be many thousands. Others who have introduced resolutions on “free ports” are Reps. Dickstein, Lane, Marcantonio, Scanlon, Rowan, Celler, and Torrens. Hearings before the House Immigration Committee are scheduled for June 21.