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Stranded Emigrants Crowd American Consulates for Visas


The American Consulates in London, Paris and Warsaw are being beseiged by numbers of prospective emigrants and stranded immigrants, who are inquiring for information concerning the possibilities of obtaining visas for America. The only answer given by the Consular officials is “No thing known, no instructions received.”

Great consternation and excitement is prevailing among the stranded refugees, mostly Jewish, who are in the various ports of Europe Southampton, Antwerp and Riga, some of whom already in possession of American visas. They live in the fear of having to face deportation to Russia or the other countries they came from, the steamship companies having declared that the refugees will have to clear the company hotels if there is no possibility for them to proceed shortly on their voyage.

The Jewish emigration aid societies are being urged to relieve the situation of the despairing refugees. The Federation of Ukrainian Jews in London, which is engaged in taking care of the Ukrainian refugees, has cabled today to the United States Secretary of Labor Davis, requesting him to see to it that those immigrants who are already in possession of American visas, and who are in the various European ports, should be permitted to land in America.

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