The Climate Shifts on Immigration:
Common Sense to the Fore on the Admission of DP's
Europe’s DP’s are not a drug on the market. Congress is just awakening to this fact. The spur to this awakening has been the realization that other nations are skimming off the cream of skilled manpower from the camps—while the United States has its hands tied with restrictive immigration legislation. With this awakening has come a favorable change in the climate of opinion with regard to immigration and DP’s. Facts and reason have come to the fore, and it looks as if a new kind of realism will guide the discussion.
The State Department has been telling these facts to Congress for months. But it took the overseas tours of the various Congressional committees to drive the point home. Britain, they found, is drawing off 12000 workers a week into her mines, factories, and farms, and no limit has yet been set on the total that may be admitted. Belgium has brought in 20,000 miners, along with their families. Holland is absorbing 8, 000 industrial workers. Canada is in the market for 5,000 lumbermen, and in addition is taking in 2, 000 single women as domestics. Other countries are showing a similar interest in this hitherto neglected reservoir of manpower.
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