Senate Gets New Dp Bill; Would Eliminate Objectionable Features of Old Act
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Senate Gets New Dp Bill; Would Eliminate Objectionable Features of Old Act

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A displaced persons bill designed by the administration to eliminate the discriminatory features of the present displaced persons law was introduced in the Senate today and six Republican Senators sponsored a separate amendment to change the date of eligibility from December 22, I945, to April 21, 1947

The new bill was introduced by Democratic Senators J. Howard McGrath and Carl Hatch. A similar measure was introduced in the House yesterday by Rep. Francis Walter, Pennsylvania Democrat.

It eliminates the requirement that the displaced persons must be assured of jobs and housing–without displacing an American–before coming to this country. It eliminates the present requirement that 40 percent of those admitted be Belts and 30 percent farmers. The first requirement had been termed administratively unworkable and the second is said to discriminate against Jewish and Catholic DP’s.

The bill would term the problem as of an emergency character and admit the DP’s on a non-quota basis instead of mortgaging future quotas. It would extend from two to four years the life of the three-man displaced persons commission which will administer the bill.

President Truman is expected to send to Congress within a day or two the appointments of the three-man DP Commission, an official White House source said today.

Members of the commission will be Laurence H. Vine burgh, a member of the board of directors of the United Service for New Americans and a prominent Hartford social service leader; Ugo Carusi, former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Com-missioner and at present a State Department assistant on displaced persons; and Ed-ward 0’Conner, administrative assistant of the War Relief Services branch of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, it was authoritatively learned.

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