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President Eisenhower’s Refugee Relief Act Criticized in House

Rep. Jacob K. Javits said on the House floor today that the administration of President Eisenhower’s Refugee Relief Act has been so disappointing that only eight arrivals have entered the country under the Act. He said “disappointing results are attributable to an obsession with security in the law as against the fundamental objectives sought by the legislation.”

To make the Act functional, Mr. Javits recommended the consideration of various amendments, appointment of a commissioner, and Presidential nomination of an advisory committee representative of public and voluntary agencies. He said the Act’s administration can be greatly facilitated by fully utilizing Jewish and other voluntary agencies.