Senate Body Seeks Agreement on Bill to Speed Refugee Immigration

Agreement on a bill to speed immigration under the 1953 Refugee Relief Act was again sought today at a special meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Harley M. Kilgore said he was hopeful the committee could agree on a bill that would win bi-partisan support.

Meanwhile, Senator William Langer, chairman of the subcommittee on refugees, escapees, and expellees, said today that he is “not so sure” that Scott McLeod, administrator of the program, “was doing everything he possibly could.” He warned that if immigrant visas continue to be issued at the present rate, the program will not be completed by next year. Pointing out that under the Refugee Act 214,000 immigrant visas are to be issued, he said that act has been in operation for two years and only 39,869 visas have been issued, which leaves a balance of 174,131 visas to be issued during a one year period.

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