NEW YORK (Jul. 22)
Major Jewish organizations urged the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives today to approve a pending bill which would cancel departure bonds posted by aliens who have since qualified as permanent residents.
The American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans of the U. S. A., Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and United Synagogue of America joined in a statement to this effect, which was transmitted to the House Judiciary Committee by the National Community Relations Advisory Council.
Some 280 persons, who originally came to the United States as rabbis, students and visitors, would be affected by the legislation. Each of these had been granted asylum from religious persecution. All were required, in U. S. immigration law, to post bonds to guarantee their departure upon expiration of their visitors visas. Although they have all been granted the right to reside permanently in the United States by special legislation, the bonds that they posted have technically been forfeited by their failure to leave the United States in accordance with the terms of their original admission.