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American Jewish Congress Registers Opposition to House Anti-alien Bill

The American Jewish Congress registered its opposition today to the Hobbs Bill now before the House immigration subcommittee, charging that the bill would grant the Attorney-General authority to establish concentration camps for non-criminal aliens.

It was charged by Irving Jaffe, an A.J.C. immigration consultant, that deportable aliens, whose only offense is their inability to return to countries which will not readmit them, could–under terms of the measure–be imprisoned for life. Other provisions found objectionable in the Hobbs Bill would deny to aliens their constitutional rights against self-incrimination and revoke the safeguards of a fair trial, it was maintained.