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Coolidge Rejects Marshall’s Plea to Admit Deportees

November 23, 1923
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President Coolidge refused in his conference with Louis Marshall today to issue a blanket order admitting all immigrants detained on account of the exhausted Russian quota, but reiterated the promise already made by Secretary of Labor Davis to the American Jewish Congress delegation to admit extreme hardship cases, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent learned from a person authorized to speak for the President. Each case appealed to the Labor Department will be considered on its own merits.

Mr. Marshall conferred with President Coolidge twice. He spent a half hour about noon, and emerged hurriedly, apparently perturbed. He flatly refused to make any statement of his interview to newspapermen who tried to intercept him. He proceeded to the Labor Department where he was closeted with Assistant Secretay Carl White, having failed to find Secretary Davis in his office. Within a short time he returned to the White House in company of Mr. White, both of whom were admitted to the President.

Upon emerging this time Mr. Marshall told reporters he had appealed to the President for the admission of 700 detained allies on bond for a sufficient period to enable Congress to pass legislation allowing them to remain permanently.

From surface appearances it seems Mr. Marshall’s visit made a considerable impression and it is evident the Labor Department officials have been instructed to admit as many as consistency under law possibly allows.

Mean while, the policy regarding the hard ship cases showed first results when about twenty cases at different ports were allowed to enter late today on nine months bond under an order by Assistant Secretary White, who approved the favorable recommendations of the appeal board.

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