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Siegel Sees Way of Checking Immigrant Racing

August 9, 1923
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A way for the elimination of the present racing of steamships each anxious to nave its own immigrants given preference within the quota is suggested by former Congressman Isaac Siegel in a letter to the New York Times today.

“As long as there seems to be the belief that the quota law is the solution of the immigration question (with which I differ) then the remedy is a very simple one. What is necessary is to provide the entire year the total number may come in regardless of when the immigrant arrives, provided, of course, that he is mentally, morrally and phisically fit.

“If it were known that once receiving the visa and possessing the other qualifications, the immigrant could come at any time during the entire year, then there would not be the racing scenes which are now being enacted.”

Congressman Siegel also takes objection in his letter to a statement published in the Times that as many as eighty persons were examined in one minute by a single inspector at Ellis Island.

The “Times” in an editorial on Mr. Siegel’s letter concurs in his demand for the elimination of racing but maintains that its statement anent the rush in which immigrants are examined is correct.

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