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Davis Answers Charge of Prejudice Against Jews

February 26, 1924
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Solomon Ulmer, local Jewish leader and philantrhopist has received a long letter from Secretary of Labor Davis expressing deep concern over Ulmer’s direct accusation that he is prejudiced against Jews. Mr. Davis cites various instances showing that in his office he has always been helpful and friendly to people of the Jewish race and has often been bitterly denounced for overstepping the authority of the law in cases of Jewish immigrants. “The laws regularing immigration are made by Congress”, writes Mr. Davis, “and I as a sworn officer would he a traitor to my country and a violator of my oath if I were not to enforce the laws given me by Congress.” Mr. Davis writes also that in his recommendation to the House Immigration Committee, no reference was made to percentages but to admit immigrants according to their fitness for Americanization.

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