Citizens First

Bridgewater Bulletin, January 24, 1933.

The following letter which appeared in a recent issue of the Boston Post, was sent us with the pencilled comment: “According to some, you would think there was no other nationality than Canadians in Boston.”

To the Editor of the Post: Sir- As a citizen of the U.S.A., I hasten to thank Immigration Commissioner Mrs. Anna C.M. Tillinghast and the other immigration authorities for the good work they are starting to do, in barring from New England, seasonal labor from Canada and Newfoundland.

It is certainly about time that this was done, especially when there are 90,000 of our own citizens walking the streets of Boston looking for work not to mention the hundreds of thousands who are working on part time. Our own men and women must come first when work is to be had, and employers of all kinds of labor must be made to see that it is their bounden duty to give the American citizen priority where employment is concerned. It certainly is a pitiable state of affairs to see the city of Boston and the various charitable organizations feeding our own hungry people while Nova Scotians and Newfoundlanders are drawing good American dollars, and holding the jobs that belong to citizens. I’d hate to think of the treatment that would be accorded an American citizen who tried to seek employment in Nova Scotia.

John J. Burke

(Yes! Yes! How about the Finns, the Swiss, the Irish, the Chinks, and scores of other outsiders. Nova Scotians are only a small portion as compared with other nationalities.)

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse