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Congress to Act Soon on Proposal to Admit 240,000 Refugees

Considerable resistance to President Elsenhower’s proposal for the admission of 240,000 DP immigrants from Europe during the next two years is now being organized in Congressional circles as Congress approaches the task of framing legislation on the subject.

On the other hand, Jewish groups as well as Protestant and Catholic church organizations, yesterday reiterated their support of the Eisenhower plan. Testifying at hearings before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, representatives of the three faiths urged Congress to take favorable action on President Eisenhower’s request.

The Jewish organizations supporting President Eisenhower’s proposal include the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League of British, American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans, HIAS, United Service for New Americans and National Council of Jewish Women. The Protestant groups backing the measure include the National Council of Churches of Christ and the National Lutheran Council. Catholic support for the plan comes from the National Catholic Welfare Council and 31 organizations represented in the National Catholic Resettlement Council.

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