Jewish Groups in Canada to Plead Against New Immigration Laws

Formed representation on Canada’s new immigration regulations will be made to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration during the week of Nov. 24 by a delegation representing the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, it was announced here today.

The deputation will submit a memorandum to the government highly critical of the new regulations which, it charges, ” constitute an undue hardship on prospective immigrants ” and involve inequities for prospective Jewish immigrants.

The new regulations, as presently administered, ” have virtually eliminated refugees from the conspectus of immigration policy,” the memorandum states. It declares that ” whatever their objective or purpose, the new regulations, which were unquestionably intended to accord opportunities to all Canadian residents wishing to bring their close relatives from overseas, actually tend to restrict Jewish immigration inequitably.

” It would only be fair, therefore,” the document points out, ” that the Government relieve to some reasonable extent the peculiar hardship and disability unintentionally inflicted upon the Jewish community. This it can do by liberal acceptance of applications of Jewish immigrants as refugees or cases of exceptional merit. This will bring a measure of merit into an unhappy situation without changing the regulations as they now stand.”

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