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and State Departments Back Bill for Admission of 400,000 Dp’s to U.S.

May 18, 1947
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The Administration has made clear that it ##ongly supports the Stratton Bill to permit the entry of 400,000 displaced persons ## the next four years, in two favorable memorandums which have been submitted to House Judiciary Committee, it was learned today. A State Department memorandum a memorandum from the Justice Department filed with the committee a few days ago in urged passage of the bill.

In the Justice Department report the Attorney General suggested that the ## be modified to authorize the granting of permanent status to persons now in the United States on temporary status who would be classed as displaced persons, if ## to leave the country. According to a State Department figure, up to 1,500 reasons might fall into this category.

State and Justice Department officials have conferred with John R. Steelman, distant to President Truman, who gave White House approval to the bill, it is unrstood. Although President Truman said at his press conference yesterday, in sponse to questioning, that he will not send a message to Congress at this time in support of the Stratton Bill, it is still considered possible that he will make such a statement at a later date.

The Judicisry Committee this morning set June 4 as the opening date for arings on the bill. Earl G. Harrison, chairman of the Citizens Committee on Dis##aced Persons, Under-Secretary of State Dean Acheson and Assistant Secretary of State ## Occupied Areas John Hilldring may be among witnesses who will testify.

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