WASHINGTON (Dec. 17)
President Eisenhower will avoid asking for revision of the McCarran-Walter Act when he presents his State of the Union message to Congress early in January, according to chairman Arthur V. Watkins of a joint Congressional committee studying operation of the Act and others concerned with immigration and naturalization matters.
Sen. Watkins made known that he recommended to the White House that no action should be taken to meet requests for revision of the Act which have come from outstanding groups concerned with human rights and civil liberties.
President Eisenhower met today with Congressional leaders but an announcement from the White House failed to indicate any firm intention to revise the McCarran Walter measure, revision of which the President asked in his State of the Union message last January. Today’s announcement merely promised a “forward-looking, progressive program” of general legislation in all fields. It said “this will be in furtherance of the program we started last year. ” This program among other things enacted emergency legislation permitting additional immigration in urgent situations.