American streets not paved with gold
William B. Wilson has issued a warning to potential immigrants. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

American streets not paved with gold

Published: 8 January 1914

Mr William B. Wilson, the Secretary of the Department of Labour is preparing a plan by which he hopes to enlighten uneducated foreigners who contemplate migrating to the New World under the impression that the streets of American cities are paved with gold.

Under the new immigration law it is harder than ever for immigrants to enter the US and Mr Wilson warns Europeans not to leave their homes in the search of their fortune in America. Mr Wilson hopes to be able to explain what the current conditions are like in the US and the immigrant’s chance of being able to enter the country before they take the step of leaving their country.

It is estimated that 20,000 people have already been refused entry under the new immigration law. The Catholic Hierarchy in America have stated that they have been greatly impressed by the improved conditions in Ireland and would advise people to remain at home rather than risk emigrating to the United States at the present time.

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