Washington (May. 19)
The Justice Department memorandum urging favorable action on the Stratton Bill to admit 400,000 displaced persons to this country Bring the next four years, contains three suggestions for modification of the measure.
The memorandum, in the form of a letter written to Earl C. Michener, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, by Douglas W. McGregor, Acting Attorney General, ?ates: “I am in full accord with the proposal to render relief and assistance to the an ortunate people who have become homeless and displaced because of the tragedies of ? and persecution.”
In addition to a proposal to grant permanent status to some 15,000 persons now ? on temporary status, the Justice Department letter suggests that some provision be rade for the relief of those “displaced in the sense that they are victims of cruel and constant persecution because of their race, religion or political opinions.”
It also asks that the bill exclude from entrance those persons who had “no valid reason for not remaining in Germany, Austria and Italy,” those “who voluntarily assisted the enemy during World War II,” and those who have been members of or participated in any movement hostile to the United States or to the republican form of government. The same changes were suggested in a letter setting forth the State Department’s views written by Under-Secretary of State Dean Acheson to Congressman Frank Ballows, chairman of the Immigration Sub-Committee.
About 700 displaced children have been brought to this country since the end of the war and about 350 more are eligible to come, Miss Evelyn Smith, consultant on faster care of the Children’s Bureau told a press conference here this morning. The only children being brought over now, she said, are those who were in the American zone on Dec. 1945. Most of those who have come have been Jewish boys, she said, adding that they were largely over the age at which foster parents would or could adopt them.