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Hughes Bids Warsaw Consul to Issue Visas

January 31, 1923
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Secretary of State Informs Congressman Siegel Issuance of Visas Will Be Continued.

The issuance of visas by the American Consul in Warsaw will under no circumstances be stopped, Secretary of State Hughes today informed Congressman Issac Siegel. This action followed the protest made by Congress Siegel to the State Department charging that in consequence of the conflict between the Polish authorities and American steamship companies applications for the American visa were being rejected.

Secretary Hughes’ letter, dated January 26, reads as follows:

“Dear Mr. Siegel:

“With reference to your letter of the 24th instant in which you state your attention has been called to the ‘ fact that the American Consul in Warsaw has announced that on account of the controversy between the United States’ steamship lines and Polish authorities it must decline to issue any visas to immigrants holding current dating passports, I beg to inform you that while this Department had received word of the possibility of such announcement, immediate instructions were sent out to the Consul General that the office should on no account be closed. I feel confident, therefore, that the visa appointments are being filled as usual.

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