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Young Son Separated from Parents Due to Exhaustion of Quota

August 23, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Exhaustion of the immigration quota for Italy separates a young Italian boy from his parents, who had been admitted to join their other sons and daughters in Rochester, N. Y., while the quota was still open. This decision was taken by Arthur E. Cook, assistant to the Secretary of Labor, in charge of immigration appeal cases.

Prominent New York attorneys, Mr. Cook said, have been interested in the case, and have suggested in correspondence transmitted between themselves and the Department of Labor various ways of admitting the youth, and, according to records at the department, sought to have the boy admitted to the United States and adopted by one of his brothers who is an American citizen. It was also suggested by counsel, according to the department, that the youth be permitted to come to this country as a visitor.

Mr. Cook, in deciding the case, said adoption by a citizen of the United States does not confer citizenship of the adopting parents on the child, and that if the child has a passport as a visitor to the United States when it is not his intention to leave the country after a temporary visit, it can only be construed as an attempt to evade the restrictive statute, and he would be subject to exclusion for that reason.

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