U.S. Immigration Policy Compared with Admission of Jews to Israel

Emphasizing that the refugee problem “is not a Jewish problem,” Edward J. Corsi, former U.S. Commissioner of Immigration, told a Combined Jewish Appeal dinner here last night that “there is a hard core of men in Congress who do not want immigration at all, and who mislead the American people concerning the whole problem, playing on old fears and prejudices.

“The refugee problem is not a Jewish problem,” Mr. Corsi continued. “Israel has done a remarkable job, with American public and private aid, in that quarter. Rather, it is a Catholic and Protestant problem. An extremely small fraction of the 20 million refugees of the world are Jewish. Israel has shown us what can be accomplished. With a population of only one and a half million persons or so, she is currently receiving 30,000 persons a year. The United States, with a population of 145 million, takes in only the same number. That is a commentary.”

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