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This was all preceded by an enormous amount of criticism, led largely by Dies in the House. The extraordinary thing was that this should have been presented by J. Parnell Thomas. One would have expected it from Dies who had been making the attacks on me.

On February 16, J. Parnell Thomas took my statement before the Judiciary Committee to pieces. I have his speech, as quoted in the Congressienal Record As further evidence indicative of Miss Perkins' violation of the immigration laws, she hails the decision of Judge Hutcheson, who decided adversely on her warrant of deportation, and lauds Judge Hutcheson as one of the great jurists of the country. In this connection she says, “This opinion by one of the nation's most distinguished jurists, Judge Hutcheson, was to the effect that an alien who was acknowledged to have been a member of the Communist party was not on that ground deportable under the immigration laws.” Repeatedly in her statement Miss Perkins calls attention to the fact that she is not a lawyer... Miss Perkins further says: “Judge Hutcheson's opinion (taken together with that of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Herndon and DeJonge cases) led to a serious doubt as to whether the older cases under the immigration law were still a guide and whether they applied to the Communist party as it now functions.” This reference to the Herndon case, which is quoted at length in the brief filed by the Solicitor General in the Strecker case is further proof of the fact that Miss Perkins desires to defeat the immigration laws of the United States through seeking from the Supreme Court an opinion holding that the immigration laws are unconstitutional, violating the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

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