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Reactionary Deputation Demands Restriction of Aliens in Great Britain

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Severer restrictions for aliens resident in Great Britain were urged by a deputation which called on Sir Joynson Hicks, British Home Secretary, today.

The deportation of undesirable aliens and the removal of all aliens who compete on the employment market with Britishers was demanded. Those who were permitted to remain should pay a special alien tax and be obliged to report to the police for registration. They should be obliged to carry permits. The deputation also stated that the official figures of the number of aliens resident in Great Britain is underestimated.

The Home Secretary, replying to the deputation, stated that every alien in Great Britain is registered. The number of aliens is 272,862 which is several hundred less than the total in 1922 and 1923.

The “Daily Chronicle”, commenting upon the demands of the deputation to the Home Secretary points out that the alien population in Great Britain is decreasing and is smaller than in any other country. The paper attacks “the Tory mentality and the trade union mentality which united for the purpose of closing the country to immigrants.”

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