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Immigrants in Excess of November Quota Admitted

December 13, 1923
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After spending forty days on Ellis Island hundreds of immigrants who arrived on November 3rd are being admitted in the United States today. Among the first to be admitted are about 250 Jewish immigrants who had been ordered deported and for whom arrangements were made to go to Canada to await the reopening of the next quota. Assistant Secretary of Labor White Late Wednesday afternoon ordered Commissioner Curran at Ellis Island to admit these deportees first of all under the decision of Federal Judge Knox declaring the Russian quota for November was not exhausted ### when these immigrants arrived.

In the statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Washington, Assistant Secretary of Labor White estimated all Russian deportees arriving in November and being held at different ports will be admissable under the ruling by Judge Knox.

This decision of the Federal Court may put the Immigration Bureau to the necessity of deporting several hundred other Russians mostly Jews, already in the United States, it was announced at Washington at the same time. Commissioner General Husband stated the Congress decision was that immigrants admitted in excess of the quota in July, are unlawfully in the United States and must leave the country. Those admitted and charged to the November quota were 740 Russian refugees taken from a sinking Pacific liner in July and the 163 Russian immigrants who arrived in San Francisco in July sometime before the Japanese earthquake.

James J. Davis, Secretary of Labor, in a letter to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency dated, December 12 also indicated that Russian refugees as well as others admitted prior to November and charged to the November quota will have to be deported.

Mr. Davis made the statement in acknowledgement of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s invitation to its Fourth Anniversary Dinner, to be held Wednesday evening, December 19, at the Hotel Brevoort.

The ruling of the Federal Court, Secretary Davis said, declaring that the Secretary of Labor did not have the power of carrying immigrants into a subsequent month, makes it necessary for the Department to call upon these Russian refugees as well as all these admitted prior to November and charged to the November quota “to depart the country forthwith, and in case of their failure so tode deportation proceedings will have to be instituted. The only pose relief for those so situated would be some act of Congress”.

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