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August 23, 1958


Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Health 202 Harrison St. Elkhart, Ind.

JAMA. 1958;167(17):2118. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990340078018

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To the Editor:—  An editorial on aliens and tuberculosis appeared on page 1505 of the July 19,1958, issue of The Journal. After having had a small amount of experience with the results of the relaxation of immigration laws I am of the opinion they pose a potential, if not an actual, public health threat to the United States. While great strides are being made in the eradication of tuberculosis, we can say that the battle is far from being won.In the above-cited article is mentioned one phase of the immigration law (P. L. 85-316) that allows the admission of tuberculous aliens. Another phase is that this law does not prohibit the immigration of a child adopted in a foreign court by a family residing in the United States represented there by proxy. In effect, this means that a child so adopted can enter the United States as a citizen

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