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Senate Gets Bill Asking to Utilize Unused Quota Visas for Admission of Refugees

Senator Brien McMahon, Democrat of Connecticut, has introduced in the Senate a bill to provide that unused quota numbers which accumulated from 1940 to 1946 be made available for issuance during the next 10 years.

Though not specified, the bill is designed to make some additional quota numbers available to refugees and displaced persons, McMahon’s office explained. The total number of quotas that would have accumulated during those years would be roughly around one million. Ten per cent of this total would be made available each year for the next 10 years.

Another bill recently introduced by McMahon would make it possible to transfer a certain portion of the German quota which is around 25,000 a year and rarely filled — to quotas of countries which were overrun by the Nazis. Both bills were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.