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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