Meanwhile the governor was busily employed with an immigration problem.
For instance, our officials in the United States are constantly occupied, in assisting British immigrant working men and women who are suffering hardships under the stringent provisions of the United States immigration laws.
Facilities for emigration to Liberia were steadily maintained by the Colonization Society from 1819 onward; the Haytian government under President Boyer offered special inducements from that republic in 1824; in 1840 an immigration society in British Guiana proffered free transportation for such as would remove thither; and in 1859 Hayti once more sent overtures, particularly to the French-speaking colored people of Louisiana, promising free lands to all who would come as well as free transportation to such as could not pay their passage.
This Watson girl has got to be canned--got rid of--if we have to send her to do immigration work in London, England."
I come on immigration ticket to Mr. Aydelott here at Biscoe.
Through this metal wicket drips the immigration stream--all day long, every two or three seconds, an immigrant with a valise or a bundle, passes the little desk and goes on past the well-managed money-changing place, past the carefully organised separating ways that go to this railway or that, past the guiding, protecting officials--into a new world.
The first immigration pamphlet ever gotten out in the territory was the product of Jack's ingenuity.
The home missions class furnished the inspiration for it, and called it "Scum o' the Earth," an impromptu immigration pageant.
I think that if they will study the last immigration ordinance enacted by the Governor of Trinidad, June 24, 1870, and the report of the Agent-General of Immigrants for the year ending September 30, 1869, their fears will be set at rest as far as this colony is concerned.
Therefore all Colonial Governments are but doing their plain duty in keeping a clear eye and a strong hand on this whole immigration movement; and in fencing it round, as in Trinidad, with such regulations as shall make it most difficult for a Coolie to be seriously or permanently wronged without direct infraction of the law, and connivance of Government officers; which last supposition is, in the case of Trinidad, absurd, as long as Dr. Mitchell, whom I am proud to call my friend, holds a post for which he is equally fitted by his talents and his virtues.
The impetus to agriculture is benefiting the whole economic life of the country," wrote the German Vice-Counsul at Jaffa in his report for 1912, and there is no fear that, as immigration increases, the Arab element will be crowded to the wall.
The three years of famine had left the Saints in the valley poor, so that the immigration fund was depleted.
When the Chicago Women's Trade Union League began its immigration department a few years ago, it was found that three dollars was about the average sum which a girl had in her pocket when she reached the city of her destination.
Eight fearful miles they toiled through this gash in the mountain; then over another summit,--Big Mountain; down this dangerous slide, all wheels double-locked, on to the summit of another lofty hill,--Little Mountain; and abruptly down again into the rocky gorge afterwards to become historic as Immigration Canon.
And so on, until the last sad scene of all, when on duty as inspector of the New York State Immigration Bureau, her car capsized, and Carola Woerishofer's brief, strenuous service to humanity was ended.
*** The United States Immigration Bill now before Congress provides that "an alien resident may be joined by his grandfather if over fifty-five years of age."
If the pundit had bribed the immigration authorities, as I had known many to do, he might now have been studying the strange religion and ethics which had caused the whites to steal so much of China, to force opium upon it at the cannon's mouth, to kill tens of thousands of yellow men, and to raise to dignities the soldiers and financiers whom he despised, as had Confucius and Buddha.
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The farmers increased with still greater speed; for the planters in recruiting their gangs of indented laborers were serving constantly as immigration agents and as constantly the redemptioners upon completing their terms were becoming yeomen, marrying and multiplying.