U.S. Congress Stipulates Visas for Baltic People in Displaced Persons Act

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On June 25, 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the Displaced Persons Act of 1948. The original Act and its 1950 amendment stipulated that a portion of the available immigrant visas be given to Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians. Over the years immediately following the enactment, approximately 11,000 Estonians settle in the United States, building communities in different areas of the country including New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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