Second Hearing before the Board of Special Inquiry

The second hearing was brief, and apparently took place for the purpose of putting the board's decision on record. They considered the cousins' testimony, but failed to see how the affidavits placed the cousins under any legal obligation. The Board dealt with the same issue every day, in case after case. Too often, relatives promised to care for immigrants, but within weeks or months turned the immigrant out onto the streets. Many such immigrants fell into distress and ended up back on Ellis Island for deportation. In those cases the relatives' promises were not worth the paper they were written on.


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