Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 23

May 23, 1917 – J. A. Wessel, U. S. Marshal for the Minnesota district announced today that all un-naturalized Germans must have a government permit to reside within half a mile of state armories and packing plants and factories that furnish products for army and navy purposes.

Such alien enemies living in forbidden localities without permission are subject to arrest unless they remove before June 1.

The order originated in Washington, and President Wilson’s proclamation barring aliens from a half-mile zone around fortifications, military and naval posts and munitions plants was intended to embrace these additional precautions as well.

Many permits for residence in the prohibited districts have been received, Wessel says, but the government’s action in all such cases is withheld.

Permits cannot be granted, says Wessel, until aliens offer satisfactory proof that residence in or passage through the forbidden areas will not be dangerous to the community or the U.S.

St. Paul Daily News; “German Aliens Ordered to Move. More Districts Are Closed to Unnaturalized Persons by U.S. Marshal.”; May 23, 1917; p. 1.



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