Long tells a congressional committee in 1943, that “we can delay and effectively stop for a temporary period of indefinite length the number of immigrants into the United States. We could do this by simply advising our consuls to put every obstacle in the way and to require additional evidence and to resort to various administrative devices which would postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of the visas.” He is considered among the most notorious State Department officials for his deliberate denial of visas to Jewish refugees; in 1943 and 1944 some 90 per cent of available visas to the US went unused.