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United Hias Urges Revision of Present Immigration and Naturalization Laws

February 6, 1961
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The United States was urged today, in a unanimous resolution adopted at the 77th annual meeting of the United Hias Service, to revise present immigration and nationality laws “in keeping with the humanitarian and democratic traditions of our country.”The delegates acted after former Senator Herbert H. Lehman voiced a request “to erase discrimination and bigotry from the laws and to eliminate discrimination against naturalized citizens.”

Murray 1, Gurfsin, president of United Hias Service, said that mounting inquiries concerning Jewish refugees from Cuba in the U.S. prompted the Hias to give priority attention to their problems and to send a resettlement expert to Miami, Florida, to work with representatives of other faiths in the Miami Cuban Refugee Emergency Center. “Jews from Cuba are asking for our help in extending their temporary stay permits or for the adjustment of their status in the U.S. to that of permanent residents,” he reported.

He further reported that, during 1960, United Hias Service’s operations on rescue, migration and resettlement fronts all over the world resulted in aid to more than 12,000 Jewish men, women and children.

Samuel Bronfman, national president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and Sydney Einfeld, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, received awards of honor at the meeting. The awards, illuminated plaques, cited Mr. Bronfman and Mr. Einfeld for their many years of leadership in the cause of the migrant.

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