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Only Action of Congress Can Reliefe Refugees Isopinion

August 18, 1924
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The instructions to consuls for preference in issuing new visas to stranded emigrants holding old visas applies only to one-half of quota for each country, it was explained by the State Department to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent today. The preferences already provided by the new immigration law in favor of certain close relatives of American citizens and agriculturalists must be allotted one half of quota therefore only the remaining half can be devoted to preference in favor of old visa holders. It was further pointed out in well informed circles that under law only ten percent of the annual quota can be issued in any month. Even those stranded emigrants who will eventually received visas will have to wait again a number of months. There seems therefore to be little relief in prospect for the stranded emigrants.

Commissioner General of Immigration Husband in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Correspondent reiterated that the situation cannot possibily be relieved or improved in any way except by action of Congress. It is the general opinion in qarters familiar with the situation in Washington that only by enlightening and exerting the necessary pressure upon members of Congress will any relief be extended to stranded emigrants holding old visas.

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