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Win Point for Exemption of Rabbi’s Family

March 6, 1923
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The friends of more liberal immigration regulations are highly pleased here with the ruling finally granted by Secretary Hughes in the case of the wife and children of Rabbi Rechtzeit.

Although a visa was issued to the rabbi, the family who are now in Lodz, Poland were refused visas despite the recent ruling of the Federal Court that the wife and children of the rabbi are entitled to the exemption from the quota resrictions along with the clergyman himself.

Congressman Siegel pointed out in a letter to the State Department that the refusal to grant a visa to Mrs. Rechtzeit was thus in violation of the court’s recent ruling. Hughes replied that the Labor Department held different views of its own in the matter. Representative Siegel countered with statement that the decision of the court is final in the matter and until a higher court overruled the decision, it was binding on all departments of the government.

Secretary Hughes finaly acceded to Siegel’s point of view and informed the Congressman that he had instructed the Labor Department to be guided in this case and in the future by the court’s ruling.

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