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1948 – Displaced Persons Act Allows People Uprooted by World War II to Immigrate to United States

“On May 14, 1948, the United States and the Soviet Union recognized the
state of Israel. Congress also passed the Displaced Persons Act in 1948,
authorizing 200,000 DPs to enter the United States. The law’s
stipulations made it unfavorable at first to the Jewish DPs, but
Congress amended the bill with the DP Act of 1950. By 1952, over 80,000
Jewish DPs had immigrated to the United States under the terms of the DP
Act and with the aid of Jewish agencies.”