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RUDOLF A. V. RAFF
MAY 31, 1949.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered
to be printed
Mr. WALTER, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the
[To accompany H. R. 1975]
The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1975) for the relief of Rudolf A. V. Raff, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
The amendment is as follows:
Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following:
That in the administration of the immigration laws, Rudolf A. V. Raff shall, upon application at a port of entry of the United States, be admitted for permanent residence without an immigration visa, provided he meets all the other requirements of the immigration laws. Upon his admission into the United States, the Secretary of State shall deduct one number from the quota for Austria for the vear in which the admission occurs or from such quota for the first succeeding year.
PURPOSE OF THE BILL
The purpose of the bill, as amended, is to admit to the United States for permanent residence a Canadian citizen, born in Austria; and to provide that the principle of national origin of our quota immigration system be complied with.
The pertinent facts of this case are set forth in the following letter from the assistant to the Attorney General to the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, under date of April 5, 1949, referring to a similar bill (S. 584) for the relief of the same person:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
Hon. PAT MCCARRAN,
Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary,
MY DEAR SENATOR: This is in response to your request for the views of the Department of Justice with respect to the bill (S. 584) for the relief of Rudolf A. V. Raff, an alien.
The bill would authorize and direct the Secretary of State to issue an immigration visa to Rudolf A. V. Raff, presently residing in Canada, permitting his immediate entry into the United States for permanent residence. It would further provide that the Secretary shall instruct the proper quota-control officer to deduct one number from the nonpreference category of the first available immigration quota for nationals of Austria.
The records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of this Department disclose that the alien was born in Austria on December 8, 1908. He received a Ph. D. degree from the University of Vienna in 1932 and was an assistant professor in the polymeric chemistry division at that university from 1931 until 1936. From that date until the office was liquidated by the "Anschluss" in 1939, he was examiner of patents in the Austrian Patent Office. He arrived in Canada in January 1939 and since that time he has been employed as a research chemist. Since 1941 he has been employed by the Howard Smith Paper Mills, Ltd., Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, and presently earns about $8,000 a year. Mr. Raff married a Canadian citizen in 1939 and they have two minor children who are citizens of Canada.
Dr. G. F. D'Alelio, assistant director of research for Koppers Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa., has stated that is interested in securing Mr. Raff's services for this corporation, and if he is admitted to the United States the alien will be employed as an assistant to Dr. D'Alelio on research in the field of polymeric and organic chemistry.
The quota for Austria to which the subject is chargeable is oversubscribed for several years. His case is similar to those of thousands of other aliens who desire to enter this country for permanent residence but who are unable to do so because of oversubscribed quotas. The record presents no facts which would justify granting the subject alien a preference.
Accordingly, this Department is unable to recommend enactment of the bill.
PEYTON FORD, The Assistant to the Attorney General. Further facts in this case are set forth in the quoted letter below of February 9, 1949, addressed to Senator Francis J. Myers, the author of S. 584, a bill for the relief of the same beneficiary.
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 9, 1949.
Hon. FRANCIS J. MYERS,
United States Senate, Washington, D. C.
MY DEAR SENATOR: On behalf of the Koppers Co., Inc., as well as personally, I desire to thank you for introducing S. 584, and to supplement the information heretofore furnished your office in this matter.
In the development of its chemical division which is now in the process of great expansion, the Koppers Co. has reached a point where it must obtain the services of a chemist who is skilled in the science of polymerization, particularly in the plastics field dealing with styrene and resorcinol. There are but few such experts in the world, and the quest of the company throughout the United States for a man possessing the requisite qualifications has proven unavailing. But, by dint of persistent effort, there was located the subject of this bill, one Dr. Rudolf A. V. Raff, a resident of Canada, who fully meets the requirements of the company. Born in Austria in 1908, Dr. Raff studied, and afterward taught at the University of Vienna, which is preeminent in this field of applied science. He is recognized throughout the world as an outstanding authority on this subject. In 1939 he emigrated to Canada, where he married a Canadian-born woman by whom he had two children now aged 2 and 6 years. All four members of the family are Canadian citizens. Mrs. Raff and the children are entitled to nonquota visas. But, because of his Austrian birth, Dr. Raff falls under the Austrian quota which is
heavily oversubscribed. Hence the necessity of obtaining for him an exemption from the provisions of the Quota Act.
Experience gained during the recent war emphasized the strategic importance of styrene and resorcinol, and recent developments in the industry point to its greatly expanded use in our peacetime economy as well. In recognition of that fact, Koppers purchased from the War Assets Administration a styrene plant in Kobuta, Pa., and from private sources a resorcinol plant in Petrolia, Pa. It is in connection with the greatly accelerated production in these plants that the services of Dr. Raff are required. The acquisition of those services will
(1) Enable the company to continue and expand its research with respect to strategic materials which will be of great value in the event of an emergency. (2) Permit the employment of a considerable number of additional American workers, and
(3) Afford a distinct contribution to a field of American industry which is yet but in its infancy.
The committee, after consideration of all the facts in the case, is of the opinion that the bill (H. R. 1975), as amended, should be enacted.
TEIKO HORIKAWA AND YOSHIKO HORIKAWA
MAY 31, 1949.- Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered to be printed
Mr. GOSSETT, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following
[To accompany H. R. 2084)
The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 2084) for the relief of Teiko Horikawa and Yoshiko Horikawa having considered the same, report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
The amendment is as follows:
Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following
That in the administration of the immigration and naturalization laws, the provisions of section 13 (c) of the Immigration Act of 1924, as amended, whien exclude from admission to the United States persons who are ineligible to citizenship, shall not apply to Teiko and Yoshiko Horikawa, minor twin stepdaughterof David Bailey Carpenter, a World War II veteran who married Yoshi Horikawa Higo, a Japanese national and the mother of such minor stepdaughters, on August 6, 1947, and that if otherwise admissible under the immigration laws they shall be granted admission into the United States for permanent residence upon application hereafter filed.
PURPOSE OF THE BILL
The purpose of the bill is to waive the excluding provisions of exist ing law relating to ineligibility for immigration and naturalization because of race, in the cases of two Japanese 4-year-old twin stepdaughters of an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces.
H. Repts., 81-1, vol. 4
The pertinent facts in this case are set forth in a letter from the Assistant to the Attorney General, dated May 13, 1949, to the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, which letter reads as follows: