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Change System of Issuing Re-entry Permits to Aliens

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

A new system of issuing permits has been evolved by the Bureau of Immigration, Department of Labor, which, according to a statement of the Bureau, has for its purpose the elimination of fraud in the re-entry into the United States of resident aliens traveling abroad.

The alien will be required to apply in person for identification, at an immigration office, instead of having the permit mailed to him on request, as has been the practice. Steps will also be taken to make the permit certificates less amenable to forgery.

The new system will be effective from July 1. The statement issued in the form of a general order, signed by Harry E. Hull, commissioner general of immigration, provides that beginning with July 1, 1926, the present practice of mailing return permits direct to applicants will be discontinued, and thereafter such permits when issued will be forwarded to the immigration office designated by the applicant, at which they must be secured in person by the applicant. Return permits issued to aliens, who are to call for them in New York City and San Francisco, will be delivered at the Bargo Office and City Office respectively, instead of at Ellis Island and Angel Island.

Permits are not to be delivered to one member of a family for other members thereof or to agents, unless the officer is personally acquainted with such applicants and can identify the photograph appearing on the permit as being a good likeness of the person for whom intended.

All permits should be indorsed partly on the photograph and partly on the permit by the officer in charge prior to delivery. The bureau’s acknowledgement cards, where permits are delivered, will be taken up and destroyed or filed for reference purposes.

Applicants for return permits, who find it necessary to depart prior to the issu?nce of such permits, are instructed to call upon the officer in charge at the immigration office designated in their application and present the card acknowledging receipt of their application, together with an unmounted photograph, and give the foreign address to which the permits, if issued, should be mailed.

Officers to whom such cards and photographs are presented will indorse upon the reverse of the photograph the number appearing upon the card and the foreign address of the applicant, and forward the photograph to the bureau, the order declared.

Louis J. Block, principal of the Marshall High School of Chicago, will be honored at the commencement exercises of the school on June 23 when an auditorium bearing his name will be dedicated.

Mr. Block, who was recently transferred to the meritus service, is the author of several volumes of essays and verse, and is regarded as an authority on secondary school education.

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