Deportation of People Seeking Entry Into The U.S.
Back to the Fatherland. Rejected Emigrants Awaiting Return to Their Country of Origin. Not merely the dangerous elements are refused admission, but those who for reasons of ill health of mind or body, or inability to work, are likey to prove a hinderance rather than a help. On the Trail of the Immigrant, 1906. GGA Image ID # 147e163152
Books, brochures, articles, and other ephemera provided photographs and Illustrations of the conditions and experiences of aliens deported from Ellis Island in New York from the late 1800s through World War I.
The hospitality of our land is given freely to all who deserve it, but Uncle Sam has drawn wisdom from experience, and in these latter days has come to demand at least a show of evidence that it will be rightly employed.
Despite the eternal vigilance however, it is a physical impossibility to judge every one correctly and some get in that should be kept out Yet frequently, through the police and charities department a few of them fall again into the hands of the immigration authorities and are speedily deported.
The moral wicket is a small gate separating an enclosure of wire from the main floor, and whithin the enclosure, there stands a small desk where the "detained" cases are registered.
Interest was aroused yesterday at Ellis Island by the appearance in the deportation pen of a tall, attractive looking French woman, who wore a smart tailor made blue serge costume and a large black picture hat trimmed with white velvet and covered with ostrich plumes which she said cost $150.
The detention of immigrants in Ellis Island is fraught with many hardships. All the detained bewail their misfortune; hundreds of them are bitter and resentful. The following letter received from one of these unfortunates is representative:
On 5 November 1916, there occurred in the City of Everett, State of Washington, an incident which was known as the "Bloody Sunday" of the "Free Speech Fight." It forms the keynote to the treatment of the I. W. W. (Industrial Workers of the World) members and shows the underlying reasons for their deportation.
Three Women on Bench Held at Ellis Island--Undesirable Emigrants to Be Taken Back by Steamship Company That Brought Them. c1902. Library of Congress # 93512789. GGA Image ID # 13ebcabf56