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Washington Immigration Regulations Lead to Interment of Foreign Jews in France

July 13, 1941
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Interpreting the recent Washington immigration regulations to mean a stoppage of immigration into the United States, the French authorities in Vichy have intensified their campaign to rid the cities of unoccupied France of foreign Jews who were previously allowed to remain, pending the completion of the arrangements for their immigration to oversea lands, it was reported here today.

The foreign Jews are at present being summoned to the police in large numbers and ordered to proceed immediately to specified distant villages for forced residence.

It became known here today that immediately following the announcement of the new Washington immigration regulations, the French authorities revealed their intention to transform the transit camp for refugees in Les Milles into a regular internment camp. This would have deprived 1500 inmates from special facilities to arrange for their immigration. After speedy intervention of relief agencies, pointing out that immigration to America is not entirely blocked, the French authorities deferred action.

Jewish relief agencies in unoccupied France secured this week the release of several of their employees who were arrested in the raids on Russian-born Jews. A group of forty Jews of Russian origin who have visas and steamship tickets for departure to Cadiz were also released by the French authorities, through the intervention of the relief agencies.

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