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Congress Passes Compromise Immigration Bill of Limited Scope

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Congress has passed and sent to the White House a compromise immigration bill, authorizing immigration in the next two years of 25 percent as many European refugees as are resettled by the 38 other nations participating in the world refugee program. The United Nations has estimated there are about 28, 000 still remaining in European refugee camps.

The bill would permit 500 of these admitted to be persons with physical handicaps, provided the Attorney General is satisfied they would not require public support. Other provisions would extend to June 30. 1962, the expiring law permitting admission on a non-quota basis of alien orphans adopted by American citizens.

Although several Senators voiced sharp dissatisfaction with the limited scope of the immigration bill, they were told it was the most the House would accept.

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