Tulsidas v. Insular Collector of Customs,
262 U.S. 258 (1923)

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Tulsidas v. Insular Collector of Customs, 262 U.S. 258 (1923)

Tulsidas v. Insular Collector of Customs

No. 77

Submitted May 2, 1923

Decided May 21, 1923

262 U.S. 258


1. A decision of the duly constituted immigration authorities holding an applicant not of a status entitling him to admission should not be rejected in habeas corpus unless resulting from manifest abuse of power and discretion. P. 262 U. S. 263.

2. The right of an alien applicant to be admitted, under the Immigration Act of 1917 as a merchant does not depend on his presenting

Page 262 U. S. 259

a certificate of his status, issued under § 6 of the Act of May 6, 1882, c. 126, 22 Stat. 58, 60, as amended by § 6 of the Act of July 5, 1884, c. 220, 23 Stat. 115, 116. P 262 U. S. 263.

3. To be admissible as a merchant under the Immigration Act of 1917, an alien must be actually a merchant -- an owner of a business -- not merely a salesman, manager, or other employee, and his status as merchant must exist at the time of his application for admission. P. 262 U. S. 264.


Certiorari to a judgment of the Supreme Court of the Philippine Islands which discharged a writ of habeas corpus sued out by the petitioners in a Court of First Instance to test the legality of their detention by the respondent as inadmissible aliens.

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