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House Committee Considers Two Important Amendments to Deportation Bill

March 11, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Two important amendments to the Deportation Bill now before the House Immigration Committee were informally decided upon by the Committee. The first of the amendments, which were proposed by Congressman Dickstein of New York, provides for the legalization of the states of all aliens who entered the United States illegally prior to July 1, 1924 provided they meet with the moral literacy, physical and financial requirements of the law, the second amendment is to the effect that the present five year limitation period for the deportation of aliens be retained, thus rectifying the far reaching proviso carried by the bill up to this time calling for the deportation of aliens who entered the country illegally, irrespective of the ### of their residence here. This would have caused untold hardships and the separation of families.

The first proposal will be embodied in both the existing immigration law and the pending deportation ### it is understood. This amendment will also enable aliens whose states is so legalized to become American citizens without producing a certificate of legal arrival without which it is now impossible to require naturalization. By order of Chairman Johnson the proposed amendments will be printed in a special bill for formal approval by the Committee.

Thousands of aliens in America will be assisted and served from deportation by these provisions it was declared. Congressman Dickstein made clear to the committee that he does not ask that criminals on other undesirable aliens be allowed to remain in America, but that his measure seeks only to come to the rescue of such aliens who illegally entered but are otherwise perfectly desirable as residents and citizens. He pointed out what a terrible thing it would be and the tremendous task involved in attempting to deport aliens who had been here for years, raised families in America, established themselves in business and become part of the communities in which they live. Dickstein declared that if his proposals were not accepted be would insist upon further hearings upon the deportation bill which the advocates of the measure are very desirous to avoid as this might delay the measure to such as extent as to prevent adoption. It is expected ### action will be taken on the deportation bill early next week when it will be reported to the House with the foregoing modifications.

The Perlman-Wadsworth bills will them be taken up immediately.

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