2 Replies Latest reply on May 2, 2020 8:47 AM by Jeanette Lawlor

    Seeking illegal immigration documentation


      I am looking for the official documents, records and correspondence that would have been created for investigations into illegal immigrants during the 1930s.  In particular illegal Irish immigration investigations thru Port Huron, Michigan and Boston, Massachusetts.   Where would these records be kept and how can I access them?  Thanks for any and all help

        • Re: Seeking illegal immigration documentation
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Lawlor,


          Thank you for your posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 7 series in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that pertain to deportations and illegal immigation. These series may include specific files for Irish immigrants. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov. .


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          You also may want to contact the USCIS Historical Library via email at CISHistory.Library@uscis.dhs.gov to inquire about deportations and Irish immigrants.

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!