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Farbstein Seeks Immigration Act Amendment to Facilitate Entry of Polish Jews

Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, introduced an amendment to the Immigration Act today to facilitate the entry of Jewish refugees from Communist Poland. It would allow refugees from Communist nations to qualify for United States entry without first moving to a non-Communist nation. Rep. Farbstein said that the present law requires that a person must have escaped from behind the Iron Curtain to qualify for Immigration. He said “it is unjust that we require them to escape from their country before we will help them.”

The New Yorker said, “There are plenty of places available under Poland’s remaining immigration quota for entry into the United States, but most of the Jews who would immigrate fail to qualify under the first six quota preferences of the Immigration Act and are excluded by a technicality under the seventh preference. It is that technicality that I would seek to amend.”