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United Hias Welcomes Senator Kennedy’s New Immigration Bill

United Hias Service, the world-wide Jewish migration agency, today welcomed an immigration bill presented by Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, as a “move to give substantial relief to despairing refugees currently seeking homes,” but expressed “regret” that the current session of Congress “apparently will not move to revise our basic immigration policy.”

Solomon Dingol, vice president of United Hias, said that the Kennedy measure brings hope to thousands of refugees, expellees, and other homeless persons because it provides for the use of some of the unissued quota numbers; the utilization of some 18,000 unused visas left from the expired Refugee Relief Act; permits entry of orphans up to the age of 14; writes off the mortgage on quota numbers; contains provision for the admission of not only European refugees but also some from the Middle East; gives greater latitude for review and forgiveness of fraud and perjury committed in connection with visa applications; and provides for the adjustment of the parole status of the Hungarian refugees.