New York (Mar. 27)
American diplomats in Latin America will be instructed by the State Department to take up with the governments to which they are accredited the question of discrimination between native-born and naturalized Americans in the granting of visas by Latin American countries, it was announced today by the American Jewish Committee.
Such instructions will be sent by Assistant Secretary of State Spruille Braden, as result of a visit to him by representatives of the American Jewish Committee, who pointed out that any distinctions made by a foreign government between Americans by birth and by naturalization is in direct contradiction to the stand historically taken by the U.S. Government. Speaking for the Committee were Morris D. Waldman, a member of the executive committee and Bernard M. Lander, who has just returned from a visit to Mexico on behalf of the Committee.
Mr. Braden informed the Committee representatives that the bars raised against naturalized Americans were, in part, a measure of military security adopted at a recent Inter-American conference. Pending discussion of the matter at a future Inter-American conference, where he intends to raise the question, Mr. Braden said he would instruct American embassies in Latin America to take up this question with the governments to which they are accredited.
COMMITTEE TO COOPERATE WITH WORLD CHURCH COUNCIL IN FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM
A pledge of “wholehearted cooperation and readiness to work shoulder to shoulder” with the World Council of Churches in combating anti-Semitism was made by the American Jewish Committee yesterday in a letter sent by Dr. John Slawson, executive vice-president of the Committee, to Dr. Henry Smith Leiper, American secretary of the Council.
Expressing strong approval of the “Resolution on Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Situation” adopted at the recent session of the World Council of Churches, the letter emphasized that “only as men of good will of all races and creeds come to recognize their common brotherhood and humanity, will we be able to help in the realization of the Judeo-Christian idea: a world in which men will live together in peace as children of the One Father of us all.