Enforcement of Immigration Laws


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Inger Sheil

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We've looked at the impact of US immigration laws on the treatment of steerage passengers by the WSL and other lines, and I came across an example of the rigorous enforcement of those laws in the New York socialist paper the 'Call' (29 June 1912).

Apparently Captain Raphael Cobez of the WSL's Cretic was held on $1,000 bail for three violations of US immgration regulations - 1.) Not posting on ship copies of US Regulations re steerage, 2.)Exceeding the ship's registered steerage capacity by 19 passengers and 3.) having 'improper' bulkheads 'in connection with quarters occupied by unmarried women' (the mind boggles - any ideas what 'improper' bulkheads were? Transparent?)

I wonder if this was a routine random check or if every vessel was subjected to this inspection?
 
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having 'improper' bulkheads 'in connection with quarters occupied by unmarried women' (the mind boggles - any ideas what 'improper' bulkheads were? Transparent?)

It's a wonder what a few missing rivets will do. :)

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