U.S. Committee Arrives in Germany to Facilitate Immigration of Refugees

The special committee established to carry out President Truman’s directive that the immigration of displaced persons and other refugees be facilitated has arrived here, and has begun to set up emigration machinery.

The committee, which held two meetings over the week-end, conferred with representatives of UNRRA, the Intergovernmental Refugee Committee and voluntary agencies. Further meetings will be held after the committee returns from Berlin, where it will meet with Robert Murphy, political advisor to the U.S. Commanding General. Members of the group have expressed a desire to visit the displaced persons camps before they begin the work of selecting immigrants.

A spokesman for the committee stressed that under the new system, whereby Jewish and other welfare groups will give corporate guarantees that the immigrants will not become public charges, the entire process of emigration will be speeded up.

Heading the committee are Ugo Carusi, U.S. Commissioner of Immigration and Howard K. Travers, chief of the visa division of the State Department. The other two members represent the U.S. Public Health Service and the War Department.

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