Re: Question re: Immigration Ports of Entry #romania

Ronald Shapiro

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For a variety of reasons, some immigrants were not permitted to enter the United
States, and they re-routed themselves to Canada, and eventually back to the
United States. Reasons would vary >from paper work to illness. In some instances,
they stayed in Canada for a year or two, prior to their eventual entry into the
United States.
Rabbi Ronald Shapiro
Milwaukee, WI

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1. Question re: Immigration Ports of Entry
Subject: Question re: Immigration Ports of Entry
From: David Osachy <>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 16:56:09 -0400
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Hi Everyone,
Can anyone explain (or offer a theory) why a Romanian Jewish immigrant com=
from Europe in 1903, whose final destination was New York City or
Pittsburgh, would disembark at the port of St. John in New Brunswick,
Canada, then travel overland through Quebec and enter the United
States at St. Albans, Vermont?
What could that strange route be about? Why not go straight to Ellis
Island? Was this an issue of money, paperwork, or perhaps something
else? If it helps, the ship was the Lake Megantic, which I am
guessing sailed >from Liverpool though I am not sure.
Thank you in advance,
Rabbi David Osachy
Jacksonville, Florida
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