Jewish Groups Ask President Kennedy to Veto New Immigration Bill

Six major national Jewish organizations and 57 Jewish community councils, functioning through the National Community Relations Advisory Council, urged President Kennedy this week to veto an immigration bill passed by Congress which provides for the admission of some orphans but retains the discriminatory quota system based on race and nationality, while facilitating the deportation of aliens.

Terming the provisions dealing with judicial review of deportation orders an infringement upon “procedural due process,” the letter urging the veto was signed by the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Labor Committee, the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations and the United Synagogue of America.

Reiterating their oft-voiced demand for comprehensive reform of U.S. immigration policies, including elimination of the national origins quota system, the Jewish organization called such “piecemeal revision” they say is represented by the bill an evasion of basic needs.

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