“The present Government of South Africa does not intend to revert
to the practice of its predecessors in the matter of enforcing the immigration law,” declared Minister of the Interior Malan in reply to Mr. Morris Alexander, a Jewish communal worker of South Africa, who had asked him regarding the attitude of the new government towards the matter of Jewish immigration.
In reply to Mr. Alexander’s complaint that the South African immigration officials have applied Section 4 of the immigration law with particular stringency upon Jewish immigrants, resulting in their almost total exclusion, Minister Malan stated:
“While the Government will continue to use the provisions of the immigration law to keep out undesirables, it will make no discrimination against any particular European race or nationality. It has already issued instructions to immigration officials to act in accordance with this policy.”
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