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Ads of C.i.o., A.f.l. Endorse Proposal to Admit 400,000 Dp’s into United States

April 28, 1947
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Headed by William Green, president of the A.F.L., and Philip Murray, president of the C.I.O., leaders of the nations major trade unions have endorsed the proposal for the admission of 100,000 displaced persons annually for a period of four years, Earl G. Harrison, chairman of the Citizens Committee on displaced Persons announced today.

Mr. Green, in endorsing the proposal, stated: “It is my firm conviction that the United States Government should admit at least 400,000 of these people, the victims (##) of all forms of religious and political persecution. This is even less than half the number of immigrants who could have legally entered our ports, but did not do so because of the war.”

Mr. Murray declared that he “wholeheartedly supports the enactment of emergency legislation to permit at least 400,000 displaced persons to immigrate into the United States within a four-year period.” He added: “As we see it, the appalling condition of the displaced persons represents not only the most urgent claim upon the conscience of the world, but a grave threat to the peace and security of mankind. The United States should take the lead in offering to these survivors of Nazi concentration camps a new life in a country where there is freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom of movement.”

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