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Deportation of Certain Alien Seamen

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTY-SECOND CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

S. 7

A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEPORTATION OF
CERTAIN ALIEN SEAMEN, AND FOR

OTHER PURPOSES

JANUARY 22 AND 23, 1932

Printed for the use of the Committee on Immigration

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1932

98113

COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION

H. D. HATFIELD, West Virginia, Chairman HIRAM W. JOHNSON, California.

WILLIAM H. KING, Utah. HENRY W. KEYES, New Hampshire. WILLIAM J. HARRIS, Georgia. DAVID A. REED, Pennsylvania.

ROYAL S. COPELAND, New York. GERALD P. NYE, North Dakota.

HUBERT D. STEPHENS, Mississippi. JAMES E. WATSON, Indiana.

GEORGE MCGILL, Kansas. ROSCOE C. PATTERSON, Missouri.

MARCUS A. COOLIDGE, Masachusetts.

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DEPORTATION OF CERTAIN ALIEN SEAMEN

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1932

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION,

Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 o'clock a. m., in the the committee room in the Senate Office Building, Senator William J. Harris presiding.

Present: Senators King, Harris, Copeland, McGill, and Coolidge. The committee had under consideration the following bill:

[S. 7, Seventy-second Congress, first session]

A BILL To provide for the deportation of certain alien seamen, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this act may be cited as the alien seamen act of 1932.

Sec. 2. Every alien employed on board of any vessel arriving in the United States from any place outside thereof shall be examined by an immigration inspector to determine whether or not he (1) is a bona fide seaman, and (2) is an alien of the class described in section 7 of this act, and by a surgeon of the United States Public Health Service to determine (3) whether or not he is suffering with any of the disabilities or diseases specified in section 35 of the immigration act of 1917.

SEC. 3. Unless such alien was shipped in a port in continental United States prior to the passage of this act, then if it is found that such alien is not a bona fide seaman, he shall be regarded as an immigrant and immediately be ordered removed from the vessel to an immigration station; and the various provisions of this act and of the immigration laws applicable to immigrants shall be enforced in his case. From a decision holding such alien not to be a bona fide seaman the alien shall be entitled to appeal to the Secretary of Labor, and on the question of his admissibility as an immigrant he shall be entitled to appeal to said Secretary, except where exclusion is based upon grounds nonappealable under the immigration laws. If found inadmissible, such alien shall be deported, as a passenger, on a vessel other than that by which brought, at the expense of the vessel by which brought, and the vessel by which brought shall not be granted clearance until such expenses are paid or their payment satisfactorily guaranteed.

Sec. 4. If it is found that such alien is subject to exclusion under section 7 of this act, the inspector shall give immediately order to the master to remove such alien, together with his effects and wages, if any, to an immigration station, and such alien shall then be deported in accordance with the provisions of said section 7.

SEC. 5. If it is found that, although a bona fide seaman, such alien is afflicted with any of the disabilities or diseases specified in section 35 of the immigration act of 1917, disposition shall be made of his case in accordance with the provisions of the act approved December 26, 1920, entitled an act to provide for the treatment in hospital of diseased alien seamen."

Sec. 6. All vessels entering ports of the United States manned with crews the majority of which, exclusive of licensed officers, have been engaged and taken on at foreign ports shall, when departing from the United States ports,

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