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South Vietnam Refugees / Meany / Ford / Congress / American Reaction #483037

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 06, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford gets big assist from organized labor for his resettlement plans for Vietnam refugees in US. AFL-CIO executive council meets in Washington, DC and produces ringing endorsement of President' plan.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [AFL-CIO president George MEANY - thinks American attitude toward Vietnam refugees deplorable; in sense, United States denying its own heritage.] Union to use influence in Congress to get President Ford needed money for resettlement of refugees.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(Studio) In Congress, little movement occurs on President' request for $507 million resettlement aid. President and Republican congress leaders meet at White House; Vietnam refugees main topic.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says Congress not asking refugees return to Vietnam.] Statement aimed directly at Senator George McGovern. So far, White House mail running 2 to 1 for some kind of refugee aid; Americans willing to help as long as they don't remain in US. President says he's burned up by opposition to resettlement program. Mr. Ford to hold news conference tonight; to make strong appeal for public support of refugee program.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Capitol Hill) Mail arriving on Capitol Hill virtually all against refugees resettling in US; most fear chances for employment jeopardized by refugees. [Senator Robert BYRD - believes many Americans feel this number of refugees could have additional economy impact on cntry.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON - doesn't think American can turn back on refugees.] Ldrs. in Congress say substantial humanitarian aid to be approved for refugees.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Studio) NBC to carry President' press conference live at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Levine, Irving R.;
Mackin, Catherine

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