WASHINGTON (Jul. 13)
A House Judiciary Subcommittee today approved a bill to admit 247,000 Europeans in the next 29 months. The bill was based on President Eisenhower’s request for emergency immigration legislation to relieve victims of Communism and overcrowding in Europe.
The subcommittee revised the groupings requested by the President and increased the total number to be admitted by 7,000. Included in the version approved by the subcommittee today are 60,000 Germans, among whom are ex-Nazis; 60,000 Italians, including ex-Fascists; 2,000 Arab refugees from Palestine; 3,000 veterans of Gen. Wladyslaw Anders’ Polish Army, which has a record of anti-Semitism; 35,000 refugees from Iron Curtain countries now living in Austria and Western Germany; 8,000 displaced persons qualified under the DP Act of 1948, but denied admission because of failure to meet the deadline, and others.
The Senate Judiciary Committee failed to act today on legislation designed to fulfill the President’s request. A vote may be held by the committee tomorrow following further discussion.