Holyoke Woman To Be Deported

by Laurel | January 19th, 2012

19 January 1922

Resident of Paper City for Eight Years Refused Admittance Because Poland’s Quota Exhausted

A tragedy, in which a Holyoke woman and her two children are the principals, appears imminent at Ellis Island. The case of Mrs. Maria Spryngel (also spelled Spigel) and her two children, Genowein, 11, and Gozefa, 14, detained at Ellis Island, has been placed before the department of labor by Congressman Allen T. Treadway, who has strongly urges the assistant secretary that this family be permitted to enter the united States.

Mrs. Spryngel, who is a native of Poland, lived in Holyoke for eight years prior to returning to Poland early in 1921 to get her two minor children and bring them to the United States. She carries passports properly vised by the American Consul at Warsaw, but has been detained at Ellis Island because of the immigration restriction law, the quota for Poland having been exhausted for several months to come. Representations have been made to the department in filing an appeal that Mrs. Spryngel has a home in Holyoke and has money in the savings bank sufficient to care for her children and to provide such bond as may be necessary. The department, after reviewing the evidence, has informed Congressman Treadway that the appeal has been refused and not only the children, but the mother as well must be deported. The congressman has requested further personal review by the assistant secretary of labor before final action is taken.

From The Springfield Republican.

Note: this is the first of three articles about this family. See also:

Follow-up article is here.

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