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Jews to Benefit from New Bill for Admission of Refugees to U.S.

A new bill for admission of refugees to the United States, proposed by Rep. Francis E. Walter would, if it becomes law, benefit hundreds of Jewish families from the Middle East and East European countries, James P. Rice, executive director of United Hias Service, said today.

Mr. Rice testified, as representative of United Hias Service and as an officer of the American Council of Voluntary Agencies, at a hearing before a House Judiciary subcommittee on refugee legislation. Rep. Walter presided at the hearing at which his bill was considered, and predicted early committee approval.

The Walter Bill would set up a permanent program for admission of refugees without any limit or time, and without being charged to any country’s quota. They would be admitted on parole. The measure covers only those refugees who are under the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.