JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Seeking grandfather's entry into US and his naturalization information #general


Barbara Mannlein <bsmannlein@...>
 

On Mar 8, 2015, at 11:01 AM, Lewis Stein wondered if it was possible
that his GF entered the country illegally. He shared that the
various census reports gave DOBs of 1873 or 1874, entry to the US
in 1892, 1893 or 1894, and naturalization by 1910.


I very much doubt he was an illegal. There really was no such thing
at that time. In 1875 the Page Law - the first to restrict immigration
- was enacted. It barred "undesirable" Asians (a) coming to the US as
forced labor, (b) to be prostitutes, and (c) those regarded as
convicts in their native land.

In 1882, the 'Chinese Exclusion Act' barred the entire race >from
immigrating.

1882 also saw the enactment of the 'Immigration Act of 1882' which
authorized the rejection/expulsion of a "convict, lunatic, idiot,
or person likely to become a public charge (single or pregnant women,
disabled, ill or those carrying less than a specific amount of funds).

I doubt your GF would have been subject to the first two laws! As for
the third - well, he had a sister here.

Have you checked entries >from Canada? Have you gotten copies of his
naturalization papers? Have you looked for SILBERBERG? I suggest
you look again and try 'wild card' searches, i.e. S*L*RG. Good
luck and let us know what you find!

Barbara Mannlein
Tucson, AZ

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