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Hias Urges Congress to Enact Laws Reforming Immigration Policy

March 15, 1965
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The United Hias Service urged Congress today to enact pending bills on changes in the nation’s immigration laws which would eliminate the national origins quota system. In a resolution adopted unanimously at the 81st annual meeting of nited Hias, Congress was called upon to enact the bills on changes in the immigration procedures “to infuse our immigration and nationality laws with the cherished humanitarian and democratic principles of our nation.”

Support for President Johnson’s immigration proposals was voiced at the session by U. S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, New York Democrat, and Abba P. Schwartz, administrator of the Bureau of Security and Consular Affairs of the State Department. In another address, Murray I. Gurfein, United Hias president, stressed the accelerating demand for the services of the agency and noted that the 10,600 Jewish men, women and children who are resettled in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and other free countries last year was more than double the number assisted the previous year. He estimated that 11,700 persons would be resettled by United Hias in 1965 at a cost to the agency of more than $2,500,000.

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