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Plan to Put Kerr Aliens Bill Before House Again

April 4, 1937
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Reintroduction of the Kerr bill permitting large groups of aliens to remain in this country was considered as a conference between Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins and Congressional leaders, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today.

The bill, introduced unsuccessfully two years ago by Rep. John H. Kerl (Dem., North Carolina), would guard against the separation of aliens of “non-criminal classes” from their families, and provides for legalizing the residence of certain classes of aliens.

Among those who attended the conference with Secretary Perkins, it was learned, were Mr. Kerr, Chairman Samuel Dickstein of the House Immigration and Naturalization Committee and Chairman Russell of the Senate Immigration Committee.

The discussion involved a plan of action in re-introducing the measure and the question of hearings. Under the terms of the bill, residence would be legalized for aliens living here for not less than ten years who have not been convicted of crimes, and for those having families here.

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