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when and where they were respectively shipped or engaged, and specifying those to be paid off and discharged in the port of arrival; or lists containing so much of such information as the Attorney General shall by regulation prescribe; and after the arrival of any such vessel it shall be the duty of such owner, agent, consignee, or master to report to such immigration and naturalization officer, in writing, as soon as discovered, all cases in which any such alien has illegally landed from the vessel, giving a description of such alien, together with any information likely to lead to his apprehension; and before the departure of any such vessel it shall be the duty of such owner, agent, consignee, or master to deliver to such immigration and naturalization officer a further list containing the names of all alien employees who were not employed thereon at the time of the arrival but who will leave port thereon at the time of her departure, and also the names of those, if any, who have been paid off and discharged, and of those, if any, who have deserted or landed; and in case of the failure of such owner, agent, consignee, or master so to deliver either of the said lists of such aliens arriving and departing, respectively, or so to report such cases of desertion or landing, such owner, agent, consignee, or master shall, if required by the Attorney General, pay to the collector of customs of the customs district in which the port of arrival is located the sum of $10 for each alien concerning whom correct lists are not delivered or a true report is not made as above required; and no such vessel shall be granted clearance pending the determination of the question of the liability to the payment of such fine, and, in the event such fine is imposed, while it remains unpaid; nor shall such fine be remitted or refunded: Provided, That clearance may be granted prior to the determination of such question upon deposit of a sum sufficient to cover such fine. (39 Stat. 896-897; 8 U.S. C. 171.)
DEFINITIONS: PERSONS; LIABILITY Sec. 37. That the word "person" as used in this Act shall be construed to import both plural and the singular, as the case may be, and shall include corporations, companies, and associations When construing and enforcing the provisions of this Act, the act, omission, or failure of any director, officer, agent, or employee of any corporation, company, or association acting within the scope of his employment or office shall in every case be deemed to be the act, omission, or failure of such corporation, company, or association, as well as that of the person acting for or in behalf of such corporation, company, or association. (39 Stat. 897; 8 U.S. C. 173.)
EFFECTIVE DATE; LAWS UNAFFECTED; REPEALS; SAVING CLAUSE Sec. 38. That this Act, except as otherwise provided in section three, shall take effect and be enforced on and after May first, nineteen hundred and seventeen. The Act of March twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred and ten, amending the Act of February twentieth, nineteen hundred and seven, to regulate the immigration of aliens into the United States; the Act of February twentieth, nineteen hundred and seven, to regulate the immigration of aliens
into the United States, except section thirty-four thereof; the Act of March third, nineteen hundred and three, to regulate the immigration of aliens into the United States, except section thirtyfour thereof; and all other Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed on and after the taking effect of this Act: Provided, That this Act shall not be construed to repeal, alter, or amend existing laws relating to the immigration or exclusion of Chinese persons or persons of Chinese descent, except as provided in section nineteen hereof, nor to repeal, alter, or amend section six, chapter four hundred and fifty-three, third session Fifty-eighth Congress, approved February sixth, nineteen hundred and five, nor to repeal, alter, or amend the Act approved August second, eighteen hundred and eighty-two, entitled "An Act to regulate the carriage of passengers by sea," and amendments thereto, except as provided in section eleven hereof: Provided further, That nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to affect any prosecution, suit, action, or proceedings brought, or any act, thing, or matter, civil or criminal, done or existing at the time of the taking effect of this Act, except as mentioned in the third proviso of section nineteen hereof; but as to all such prosecutions, suits, actions, proceedings, acts, things, or matters, the laws or parts of laws repealed or amended by this Act are hereby continued in force and effect. (39 Stat. 897–898; 8 U.S. C. 178.)
THOS. R. MARSHALL,
President of the Senate.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
OF THE UNITED STATES,
February 1, 1917. The President of the United States having returned to the House of Representatives, in which it originated, the bill (H. R. 10384) “To regulate the immigration of aliens to, and the residence of aliens in, the United States," with his objections thereto, the House proceeded in pursuance of the Constitution to reconsider the same; and,
Resolved, That the said bill pass, two-thirds of the House of Representatives agreeing to pass the same. Attest:
** For repeal of laws relating to the immigration or exclusion of Chinese persons or persons of Chinese descent, see Act of Dec. 17, 1943 (57 Stat. 600), p. 125.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,
February 5, 1917. The Senate having proceeded, in pursuance of the Constitution, to reconsider the bill (H. R. 10384) entitled "An Act to regulate the immigration of aliens to, and the residence of aliens in, the United States," returned to the House of Representatives by the President of the United States, with his objections, and sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate with the message of the President returning the bill,
Resolved, That the bill do pass, two-thirds of the Senate agreeing to pass the same. Attest:
JAMES M. BAKER,
Immigration Act of May 26, 1924, as Amended TO LIMIT THE IMMIGRATION OF ALIENS INTO THE
UNITED STATES, ETC. SECTION 1. That this Act may be cited as the "Immigration Act of 1924.”(43 Stat. 153; 8 U. Š. C. 201.)
IMMIGRATION VISAS; AUTHORITY TO ISSUE; CONTENTS
SEC. 2. (a) A consular officer upon the application of any immigrant (as defined in section 3) may (under the conditions hereinafter prescribed and subject to the limitations prescribed in this Act or regulations made thereunder as to the number of immigration visas which may be issued by such officer) issue to such immigrant an immigration visa which shall consist of one copy of the application provided for in section 7, visaed by such consular officer. Such visa shall specify (1) the nationality of the immigrant; (2) whether he is a quota immigrant (as defined in section 5) or a nonquota immigrant (as defined in section 4); (3) the date on which the validity of the immigration visa shall expire; and (4) such additional information necessary to the proper enforcement of the immigration laws and the naturalization laws as may be by regulations prescribed.
PHOTOGRAPH OF IMMIGRANT (b) The immigrant shall furnish two copies of his photograph to the consular officer. One copy shall be permanently attached by the consular officer to the immigration visa and the other copy shall be disposed of as may be by regulations prescribed.
PERIOD OF VALIDITY OF VISA (c) The validity of an immigration visa shall expire at the end of such period, specified in the immigration visa, not exceeding four months, as shall be by regulations prescribed. In the case of an immigrant arriving in the United States by water, or arriving by water in foreign contiguous territory on a continuous voyage to the United States, if the vessel, before the expiration of the validity of his immigration visa, departed from the last port outside the United States and outside foreign contiguous territory at which the immigrant embarked, and if the immigrant proceeds on a con
1 For historical background giving the main statutes relative to the creation and derelopment of the Inmigration and Naturalization Service, together with authority for changes that bave been made in the text of the laws relating to the desiguations of officers and agencies administering the immigration laws see footnote 1, p. 1.
The subheadings used in the body of the text are for purposes of identidcation of subject matter. Usually they are not found in the law as enacted.
For limitations applicable to this Act, see the following Acts, April 2, 1928 (45 Stat. 401; 8 U. S. c. 226a), p. 92, May 26, 1926, as amended (44 Stat. 657; 47 Stat. 158: 8 U. 8. C. 231), p. 91, sec. 318 (b), Act of Oct. 14, 1940, p. 119, and Dec. 17, 1943 (67 Stat. 600), p. 125.
tinuous voyage to the United States, then, regardless of the time of his arrival in the United States, the validity of his immigration visa shall not be considered to have expired.
NOTATION ON PASSPORT OF NUMBER OF VISA (d) If an immigrant is required by any law, or regulations or urders made pursuant to law, to secure the visa of his passport by a consular officer before being permitted to enter the United States, such immigrant shall not be required to secure any other visa of his passport than the immigration visa issued under this Act, but a record of the number and date of his immigration visa shall be noted on his passport without charge therefor. This subdivision shall not apply to an immigrant who is relieved, under subdivision (b) of section 13, from obtaining an immigration visa.
ENTRY ON MANIFESTS OR PASSENGER LISTS OF DATA CONCERNING IMMIGRATION VISAS; SURRENDER OF VISAS AT PORTS OF INSPECTION AND TRANSMITTAL TO CENTRAL OFFICE
(e) The manifest or list of passengers required by the immigration laws shall contain a place for entering thereon the date, place of issuance, and number of the immigration visa of each immigrant. The immigrant shall surrender his immigration visa to, the immigration officer at the port of inspection, who shall at the time of inspection indorse on the immigration visa the date, the port of entry, and the name of the vessel, if any, on which the immigrant arrived. The immigration visa shall be transmitted forth with by the immigration and naturalization officer in charge at the port of inspection to the Department of Justice under regulations prescribed by the Attorney General.
VISAS NOT TO BE ISSUED, WHEN (f) No immigration visa shall be issued to an immigrant if it appears to the consular officer, from statements in the application, or in the papers submitted therewith, that the immigrant is inadmissible to the United States under the immigration laws, nor shall such immigration visa be issued if the application fails to comply with the provisions of this Act, nor shall such immigration visa be issued if the consular officer knows, or has reason to believe that the immigrant is inadmissible to the United States under the immigration laws.
VISAS NOT TO ENTITLE INADMISSIBLE ALIENS TO ENTRY (g) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to entitle an immigrant, to whom an immigration visa has been issued, to enter the United States, if, upon arrival in the United States, he is found to be inadmissible to the United States under the immigration laws. The substance of this subdivision shall be printed conspicuously upon every immigration visa.
* For other provisions covering the issuance of visas, see secs. 8 and 9 of this Act. sec. 30. Act of June 28, 1940 (54 Stat. 673; 8 U. 8. c. 451), June 20, 1941 (56 Stat. 252), p. 123. Act of October 14, 1940 (54 Stat. 1147; 8 U.S. C. 718 (b)), p. 119, and the Act of
See also sec. 13 (a) of this 118, and Act of Dec. 17, 1943 (57 Stat. 600), p. 125, for exemptions under this subdivision.