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WHEREAS, this system contradicts the founding principles of the nation and is
at variance with national needs and international responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, over one-half of all immigrants come either as exceptions to the
quota or as nonquota immigrants;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Unitarian Universalist Association at its
1963 General Assembly, direct the President of the Association to send an open
letter to President Kennedy, and letters to Senator Philip A. Hart and the
chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, stating our support for
the passage of Senate Bill No. 747, entitled "A Bill to Amend the Immigration
and Nationality Act," introduced by Senator Hart and 35 other Senators; which
bill would rescind the present immigration law and substitute a new law, the
provisions of which, as enunciated by Senator Hart, would:
"Remove the purely arbitrary barriers to immigration on the basis of race and
national origin and would substitute a new formula based on equality and
fairplay. . .
"Set America's immigration record straight and update our basic statutes to
conform more with our actual practice since 1952. . .
"Facilitate the reunion of families now separated because of inequities in
the act of 1952. . .
"Enhance America's economic growth rate by eliminating obstacles to the
admission of persons who possess talents and skills urgently needed in this
country. . .
"Provide a continuing and orderly, but flexible, authority for the yearly
admission of a reasonable number of refugees. . .
"Bring our traditional principles into a creative relation with the facts of
the modern world."
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a representative of this Association appear
at the hearings on Senate Bill No. 747 and its counterpart in the House of
BE IT STILL FURTHER RESOLVED: That this General Assembly urge individuals,
members of its churches and fellowships to communicate with their respective
Senators and Representatives in support of this bill.
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