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Displaced Persons Act of 1948

(June 25, 1948)

On June 25, 1948, President Truman signed the Displaced Persons Act of 1948 (Public Law 774, 80th Congress) to assist in the resettlement of Europeans displaced during World War II by granting them American visas. Truman was unhappy with the law’s limitations and treatment of Jews and pushed for it to be amended. In 1950, it was amended to eliminate some of the restrictions and biases. Click here to read the act.