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U.S. Immigration Dept. Gets Formal Petition for Dp Transit Visas to Quoddy Village

A formal petition for U.S. transit visas (##)r displaced persons who are to be brought to the United States for a six-month in##strial training period at Quoddy Village, Maine, was submitted here today, to Ugo ##rusi, U.S. Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization. After they are trained ##e DP’s will immigrate to Latin American countries where they will take up permanent ##sidence and citizenship.The petition was submitted by Frank Cohen, New York Jewish industrialist, ## is sponsoring the project of bringing 25,000 displaced families from camps in the ## zone of Germany to Quoddy Village. Eighty-five percent of the displaced fami## are to be Jewish.

“We who are associated in establishing this project are prepared to guaran## to the Department of Immigration by our joint and several personal bonds that no displaced person, family or member of such a family brought to Quoddy will become a ##arge on the United States or fail to proceed in transit when called upo,” the peti##ion said. “We are also prepared to file with you financial statements showing our at worth over our liabilities to be in excess of five million dollars, and if this ## not sufficient, we shall join others with us to show a net worth of ten million ##llars. This statement is made to you to petition you to issue six months training ##isas.”It was learned here that various government agencies are studying Mr. Cohen’s project seriously while the authorities in Maine are reported to be completely behind ##. The refugees will be fully self-supporting during the training period. Sug##estions that they may be used as “slave-laborers” are conteated by the state officials and by Mr. Cohen, who emphasized that the entire project will be developed on ## non-profit basis and that any income from manufactures will be turned back into the project.

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