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Letter as Attorney General, supporting eased immigration requirements for Soviet Jews
Typed Letter signed: "Elliot as Attorney General, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1973 August 1. On official letterhead to Walter H. Bieringer, Executive Vice President, Plymouth Rubber Co., Canton, Massacusetts. In full: "Further reference is made to your letter of June 19, 1973, about paroling Soviet Jews from Rome under Section 212 (d) (5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. I also have in hand your letter of July 18, 1973, on this subject. In my letter to you of July 10, 1973, I stated that I would consult with the Secretary of State on this matter. On July 13, 1973, the Acting Secretary recommended that the parole authority in Section 212 (d) (5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act be exercised by me in the cases of the Soviet Jews now in Rome. I am sure you will be pleased to learn that I have concurred in that recommendation. Accordingly, instructions have been issued to the Division Director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service at Rome to begin to process those Soviet Jews and others who have received exit permits from Russia, who are in Rome, and who are presented to this service by the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society with assurances of housing and employment, for expeditious parole. Sincerely". Elliot Richardson (1920-1999), formerly Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General of Massachusetts, was Nixon's Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from June 24, 1970 until February 2, 1973, when he was named Secretary of Defense. He served until May 25, 1973, when he was sworn in as Attorney General. On October 20, 1973, President Nixon ordered Attorney General Richardson to dismiss Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had rejected Nixon's compromise to supply summaries of the "Watergate tapes". Richardson resigned rather than enforce President Nixon's order. President Ford appointed Richardson Secretary of Commerce. He served in this, his record fourth Cabinet post from February 2, 1976 to January 20, 1977. Multiple mailing folds. Notches on left edge. Staple holes at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: July 20, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: December 31, 1999 in Boston, Massachusetts

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