NEW YORK (Jun. 28)
Speaking on behalf of some 200 leading religious, civic, welfare and labor organizations, the Citizens Committee on Displaced Persons has issued a statement condemning the bill adopted by Congress for the admission of 205,000 DP’s from Europe. The bill contains provisions greatly reducing the possibility of displace Jews entering the United States in accordance with their proportion to the total number of refugees in the camps of Germany and Austria.
Declaring that the bill, as adopted, is based on racial and religious bigotry the statement said: “The discrimination on racial and religious grounds against the victims of the Nazis is all the more shocking when we consider that one of the provisions of this bill actually permits persons of German ethnic origin to immigrate to this country under the regular German quota. This is a clear departure from the basic principles on which our immigration law has rested.”
The New York Times in an editorial today calls the bill “niggardly and unfair.” It expresses the hope that “both sets of national candidates in the coming Presidential campaign will insist, as Mr. Truman has done, that it be rectified,”