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Modification of Dp Immigration Law Asked at American Federation of Labor Convention

The current immigration law which authorizes the admission of 205,000 displaced persons to the United States within two years was criticized here today by the American Federation of Labor executive council in its report submitted to the 67th convention of the organization.

The report points out that “the law contains many discriminatory provisions which, in their effect, if not in each case by design, impose the most rigorous limitations upon certain groups of deserving displaced persons.”

The council recommended that the American Federation of Labor support the request for amending the DP immigration law, at the next session of the Congress, so as “to rectify the injustices” which were embodied in it. Specifically, the convention was asked by the council to press for changing of the out-off date in the law’s definition of displaced persons from Dec. 22, 1945 to April 21, 1947 and removal of the special priority for persons engaged in agricultural pursuits.

The council also asked for support of an amendment providing for the admission, during a four-year period of 402,000 eligible displaced persons, and for the extension of the term of office of members of the Displaced Persons Commission to June 30, 1953.

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