Truman Makes No Promise to Veto the Mccarran Immigration Bill

President Truman gave no commitment today to three Democratic Senators who visited the Whit House to ask him to veto the McCarran-Walter omnibus immigration bill which has been described as “racist” and “reminiscent of Nazi laws.” The Senators were Herbert H. Lehman, of New York, Hubert Humphrey, of Minnesota, and Blair Moody, of Michigan.

The Senators said after talking with the President that although he gave no promise to veto the controversial bill, they assured him that if he does veto it, they have enough votes lined up to sustain the veto. Sen. Lehman said the bill would cause “a grievous injustice” to millions.

The Senators made known that Senators William Benton, of Connecticut, and Paul H. Douglas, of Illinois, were to have accompanied the group to the White House but were out of the city. Sen. Pat McCarran meanwhile introduced the final draft of his bill, as prepared by a Senate-House conference. McCarran asked for quick action on the formality of approval for the report of Senate-House conferees. He said his bill was “fair, sound, and just.”

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