Violation of Prohibition Law Causes Withdrawal of Aliens’ Citizenship

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Violation of the prohibition law by an alien who desires to become a naturalized citizen may result in refusal to grant citizenship, according to a statement made by the Commissioner of Naturalization, Raymond F. Crist. He reviewed decisions of Federal judges who refused citizenship on the ground that the applicants had violated the Eighteenth Amendment.

In one case cited by Commissioner Crist the naturalization certificate of a recently naturalized citizen was withdrawn because after receiving it he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession and sale of intoxicating liquor and to the charge of assault on Internal Revenue officers of the United States. In that case the Federal judge held that the defendant had shown bad faith in violating his oath that he would support the Constitution of the United States.

In the case of U. S. vs. Mirsky, a certificate of naturalization was granted by a State court nothwith-standing the applicant, during the probationary period, had pleaded guilty of and been fined for violation of the National Prohibition Act.

Judge Thacher of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, in entertaining the application for cancellation, said:

“Neither the fact that in this and in other communities there are many citizens who are not attached in thought or deed to the principle embodied in the Constitution by the Eighteen Amendment, nor the fact that opposition to that principle with a view to removing it from the Constitution is quite generally thought to be the part of good citizenship, can relieve this court of its duty to apply the law as it is now written.”

Cancellation of the naturalization resulted.

The Associated Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations of New England will hold their convention at Holyoke over the Labor Day week-end with about 300 delegates and guests in attendance.

The convention banquet to be held on Sunday evening will include addresses by Mayor John C. Hull of Holyoke, Congressman Allten T. Treadway. Albert Hurwitz, president of the organization, Louis E. Kirstein, member of the executive council of the Jewish Welfare Board and president of the Training School for Jewish Social Work and Dr. Samson Benderly, director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of New York City.

The College of Jewish Studies in Chicago is now conducting a six week’s summer session. About twenty young men and women who are engaged in teaching Hebrew school are now attending the summer session.

Two advance courses are being offered. One “Introduction to the Bible” by Dr. I. Keyfitz, the other “Medieval Hebrew Literature” by Dr. A. S. Waldstein.

The courses in Jewish Education offered by the University College of the University of Chicago will soon be announced. Last year a large number of students availed themselves of these courses and a large registration is anticipated for the year.

Jacob Breitkopf. 105 years old the oldest man in Newark. N. J., died recently. He was a resident of Newark for more than sixty years.

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