Committee Rewrites Bill to Give Attorney General Latitude in Deporting Aliens

The House Judiciary Committee has decided to write a new bill to replace the Fellows Bill allowing the Attorney General wide discretion in suspending the deportation of certain classes of aliens.

The new bill, which will be introduced in the House by Maine Republican Frank Fellows, chairman of the Immigration Sub-committee, will be similar to the old bill in that it will allow the Attorney General to suspend deportation of aliens “of good moral character” if they have lived in this country for five or more years. It will also provide that aliens, ineligible for naturlization solely because of their race, may be allowed to remain if they have lived here seven years or their deportation would because economic hardship to their dependents.

The bill will be changed in the following respects: The provision that a “single” alien, that is, without family or dependents, may remain in the United States if he has resided here for 7 years will be applied only to those aliens in that category living in the country at the time of the bill’s enactment. A section of the bill calling for the elimination of private bills will be changed to restrict the introduction of private bills to those which have been certified by the Attorney General as being cases where no further administrative relief is possible and cases which are, in his opinion, worthy of consideration by the House.

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