WASHINGTON (May. 25)
Liberal members of the U.S. Senate, led by Sea. Herbert H. Lehman, today pledged to continue their efforts against the McCarran Omnibus Immigration Bill which was passed by the Senate last week. President Truman is expected to veto the bill which Jewish and liberal groups denounced as “racist” and discriminatory.
“We shall never give up the fight against such proposals as the McCarran Bill with its overtones of discrimination and prejudice,” Sen. Lehman said. Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota called on the public to urge a Presidential veto. “I hope and pray” that Truman vetoes the measure, he declared. The bill will first go to a Senate-House conference and then to the President.
The American Council for Judaism, in a letter to President Truman, urged him to do everything in his power to prevent enactment of the McCarran immigration bill. The President was asked instead to encourage the adoption of “some such liberal immigration policy as that formulated in the Humphrey-Lehman bill.”
Veto of the bill was also urged on President Truman by leading American newspapers. The New York Herald Tribune, in an editorial said that Mr. Truman “would be justified” in vetoing the measure. The New York Times, in a scathing denunciation of the McCarran bill, said “it deserves the veto which it will probably receive.”