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Hias Conference Demands Soviet Countries Permit Emigration of Jews; Asks U.S. Action

A resolution requesting the Soviet Government and the governments of Soviet-dominated countries in Europe to permit the emigration of Jews who have relatives in the United States was adopted here yesterday at the 21st annual convention of the Hias Council of Organizations, which represents more than 1,000 fraternal, labor and religious groups supporting the work of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

The meeting, which took place at the Hotel Commodore, also appealed to the government of the United States to take the necessary steps for the reunion of families torn apart by the war. Another resolution appealed to the U.S. Congress to approve legislation allowing new immigrants to enter this country using visas which were not used under the existing immigration quotas during the war years.

The more than 3,000 delegates assembled at the meeting decided that the Hias Council should send a commission to Israel and Europe to study migration problems there. They also adopted a resolution expressing support of Israel in its fight against the internationalization of Jerusalem. U.S. Attorney General J. Howard McGrath, who was one of the principal speakers, pledged that he would work for liberalization of U.S. immigration laws.

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