President Truman Sets Immigration Quota for Natives of Israel Desiring to Settle in U.S.

President Truman today set an annual immigration quota from Israel to the United States. The quota is limited to 100 persons born in Palestine. Israelis born in other countries come under the immigration quotes set by the United States for their native lands.

(A report in the New York Herald Tribune today stated that more than 10,000 applications for immigration to the United States have been filed with American consulates in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Consular officials are reported as saying that by including families, the total would reach a minimum of 15,000 Israelis seeking permanent residence in the United States. Many of the applicants seem to have been born in countries which enjoy large American immigration quotas. The Haifa Consulate has 4,447 applicants qualified to leave under various quotas.)

Chairman Pat McCarran of the Senate Judiciary Committee today placed a virtual lid on Committee approval of new displaced persons legislation this session: The Senator stated that he could see no reason for rushing on such legislation until “maybe next May.” He claimed that the 205,000 DP’s authorized under existing legislation would not come in until that time.

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