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Peronist Aide to Punish Argentine Immigration Officials Who Discriminate Against Jews

Col. Jose Gonzalez, director of the Argentine Department of Immigration, has warned members of his staff that President Juan Peron is displeased with the fact that some of them have displayed anti-Jewish bias in the past, it was learned here today. Col. Gonzalez threatened that repetition of such discrimination in the future would be punished most severely.

He also declared that any member of the department in disagreement with the principle of racial equality will be removed. At the same time, Col. Gonzalez ordered the distribution of 250 visas for displaced Jews to enter Argentina. The visas, which will be distributed through the pro-Peronist Organization Israelita Argentina, are allotted for the remainder of this year.

Mrs. Evita Peron, the First Lady, released a New Year’s message to the Jewish people through O.I.A., extending to the Argentine Jews her “most cordial and sincere New Year’s wishes.”