American Jewish Conference Urges United Action on Liberalization of Immigration Laws

The American Jewish Conference today called upon its 63 affiliated organizations to drop all independent campaigns for the admittance of 100,000 displaced persons to the United States under the immigration quotas which were not used during the war years, and to rally behind the newly-created National Citizenship Committee on Displaced Persons headed by Earl Harrison, American member of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees.

The call was issued by Henry Monsky in a communication addressed to all affiliated bodies, Mr. Monsky emphasized the need for complete coordination of action in support of a legislative program for the liberalization of immigration laws and characterized separate campaigns for the admission of 100,000 displaced Jews as “a serious error” which may divide ranks and result in defeat. He stressed the importance of “united action by all groups within our population to insure maximum support of the proposed legislation,” which is designed to make complete use of all presently unfilled quota permits.

The communication declared that it was the view of the executive committee of the conference “that the formation of the new Citizens Committee, which includes representatives of all faiths and all segments of American public opinion, is a major step in the direction of securing united action” and that as a consequence, the American Jewish Conference will carry on its activities in that field through the Citizens Committee.

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