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H.R. 6481 (83rd): An Act to authorize the issuance of 240,000 special note immigrant visas, and for other purposes

About the bill

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The Refugee Relief Act of 1953 was an act of legislation passed by the 83rd United States Congress. It was the United States's second refugee admissions and resettlement law, following the Displaced Persons Act of 1948, which expired at the end of 1952. It resulted in the admission of 214,000 immigrants to the United States, including 60,000 Italians, 17,000 Greeks, 17,000 Dutch and 45,000 immigrants from communist countries. The act expired in 1956.

Initially, the bill was called the Emergency Migration Act and intended as a response to President Dwight D. Eisenhower's request for emergency legislation to admit more immigrants from Southern Europe, who were excluded according to the quotas of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (the "McCarran-Walter Act").

The bill was renamed by Senator McCarran, and a …

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83rd Congress (1953–1954)

Enacted on Aug 7, 1953

Pub.L. 83-203

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Last Updated: Aug 7, 1953