Tuesday, September 12, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 12

September 12, 1903 – Immigrant Commissioner Sargent today ordered the deportation of Jorginne Jakobsen and her child to her home in Norway on the ground that she was likely to become a public charge.

Mrs. Jakobsen was destined for Granite Falls, Minn., where she had friends, who had sent her money to come from Christiana, but when she arrived at New York and was questioned by immigration officers she stated that she was going to Minnesota to work, but had nothing but her railway ticket.

Minnesota Representative Volstad asked the Department of Commerce to permit the woman to enter this country, but he was informed today that it would be impossible under the law.

The Minneapolis Journal; “A Mother and Child Deported. Norwegian Woman Was Bound for Minnesota, but the Authorities Turned Her Back.”; Sept. 12, 1903; p. 1.



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