Jenkins Immigration Law, Offering Relief, Put into Operation

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The Jenkins law, amending the Immigration Act to grant a measure of relief for separated families, was put into operation yesterday.

Regulations issued by the Bureau of Immigration of the Department of Labor list as exempt from quota restrictions, alien wives of United States citizens; unmarried alien children under 21 years of citizens; alien husbands of citizens, where marriage occurred prior to June 1, 1928; women who were citizens of the United States and who prior to September 22, 1922, lost their citizenship by reason of marriage to aliens, but at the time of application for immigration visas are unmarried.

Preference in the issuance of quota visas will be given to fathers, mothers or husbands by marriage occurring after May 31, 1928 of citizens who are 21 years or over; immigrants skilled in agriculture, the wives and dependent children under the age of 18 of such immigrants, if accompanying or following to join them; the wives and unarried children under 21 of alien residents lawfully and permanently admitted to the United States.

For the purpose of securing non-quota or preferential classification in behalf of their wives, husbands, unmarried children under the age of 21 years, fathers or mothers, citizens of the United States should submit petitions for the issuance of immigration visas to the Immigration Burean for consideration, the regulations state. A new petition need not be filed in behalf of children who were over the age of 18 and under the age of 21 years when and if a previous petition was appoved in their behalf, nor is it necessary that a new petition be submitted for an alien hrsband in respect of whom a petition for a preferential classification filed by his citizen wife had been approved prior to may 29, 1928. The necessary adjustment will in proper cases be made by United States Consuls abroad to whom all communications on the subject should be addressed.

A report from the Riga office of the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America with regard to the procedure in granting visas by the American Consul there has been received by the Hias headquarters in New York.

Before a visa is granted a wife or child under 21 going to join a husband or parent is issued, the Consul requires proof that the husband or father was legally admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Proof may consist of the following: If the husband or father received his visa at the Riga Consulate, the approximate date when the visa was issued is sufficient; the receipt for the head-tax paid at the time of entry into the United States; a certificate from the United States Immigration authorities to the effect that the person was legally admitted.

The affidavits that are sent to the prospective immigrants abroad should be accompanied with the necessary proof of the legal admission of the affiant, Hias points out.

On the occasion of his 70th birthday, August Keiser, of Buffalo. N.Y., made a contribution to the Hebrew Union College Endowment Fund of $10,000. The gift will be known as the Leopold Keiser’s father, The income of the fund is to be used for the needs and purposes of the College.

Temple Emanu-El, Spokane, Washington, is being completed at a cost of about $65,000. Started in 1920, the auditorlum and other parts of the interior were left unfinished because of lack of funds. Funds of the estate of the late Julius Galland, a former member of the congregation, will make completion of the building possible.

The sessions of the Hebrew Union College Summer School in Cincinnati, open on July 9th and continue through August 17th. There will be two Departments, the Graduate Rabbinical School and the Teachers’ Institute.

A farewell dinner to Z. Tygel. Executive Director of the Federation of Polish Jews in America and Harris Koppelman, was given at Westminister Hall, New York, prior to their departure for Europe as delegates of the Federation of Polish Jews in America. They will make a study of the economic situation of the Jews in Poland.

Benjamin Winter, president of the Federation of Polish Jews, was toastmaster. Among the speakers were Judge Gustave Hurtman, Leo Wolfson of the United Roumanian Jews and Bernard Richards of the American Jewish Congress.

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