Lehman to Seek Eisenhower’s Aid on Immigration Law Changes

Sen. Herbert H. Lehman said last night in a statement to the press that he has noted that President Eisenhower indicated at a recent press conference that he apparently has not yet decided to include revision of the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act on the legislative “must list.” The Senator expressed hope that the President would “give this matter further consideration,”

“I have not yet had a reply from the President himself to my letter to him of August 13th urging his consideration of a bill, which I and 31 other members of Congress introduced in the waning days of the last session to replace the McCarran-Walter Act, ” Sen. Lehman stated.

“Within the next few weeks,” said Mr. Lehman, “I shall renew my representations to the President to adopt our bill or any substantial portions of it, or at least to engage in discussions with some of us in regard to the most effective strategy to secure revision of this act as repeatedly urged and pledged by President Eisenhower, I hope the President will, as a minimum, take the lead in urging hearings on all proposals for the revision of the McCarran-Walter Act.”

The Senator said he noticed “with great satisfaction” on his return from a recent trip to Europe “the increasing interest and activity on the part of many groups of citizens in the many sections of the country on behalf of drastically remedying our present immigration and citizenship laws. “

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