Washington (Jul. 30)
Senator Alexander Wiley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, today appointed a five-man sub-committee to investigate the entire immigration system and the problem of entry of displaced persons to the United States.
Senator Wiley said that he will seek top priority when Congress reconvenes for any necessary legislation. The Stratton Bill to admit 400,000 DP’s over a period of four years will be considered by the sub-committee, he declared. He has instructed the Judiciary sub-committee” to expedite its consideration of DP legislation.”
The sub-committee, which was appointed in accordance with the Revercomb resolution adopted by the Senate at its closing session, will be headed by Senator Chapman Revercomb, Republican of West Virginia, and will include Senators Forrest C. Donnell of Missouri and John S. Cooper of Kentucky, Republicans, and Senators Pat McCarran of Nevada and J. Howard McGrath of Rhode Island, Democrats.
Senator H. Alexander Smith, Republican of New Jersey, was named by Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to represent that committee as adviser to the Judiciary group. Representing the Senate Armed Services Committee wil be either Senator Leverett Saltonstall, Republican of Massachusetts, or Senator Raymond E. Baldwin, Republican of Connecticut. Saltonstall is a co-sponsor of the Ferguson bill to admit an unspecified number of displaced persons, and Baldwin also favors admission of DP’s.
Senator Revercomb’s office today emphasized that the whole immigration system would be studied and that the DP problem would be “only a small part of the investigation.” The staff of the subcommittee and the manner of handling the study will be decided by the group when they meet. No date has yet been set for the meeting.