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Liberal Immigration Bill Gets Support at Congressional Hearings

Strong support for President Johnson” immigration bill, which would progressively abolish the present “national origins quota system” was voiced today by David Carliner, on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Carliner testified before the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee which is engaged in lengthy hearings on the new immigration legislation. He also endorsed the provisions which concern special arrangement for the admission of refugees as immigrants.

Firm support for the abolition of the present national origins quota system and its replacement of a non-discriminatory immigration law was also voiced by AFL-CIO and church leaders at the hearings. Andrew Biemiller, director of the Department of Legislation of the AFL-CIO said the adoption of the bill was “long overdue and necessary.” James H. Sheldon, representative of the United Church of Christ, also appealed for the abolition of the national origins quota system.