U.S. Supreme Court
Pearson v. Williams, 202 U.S. 281 (1906)
Pearson v. Williams
Argued April 19-20, 1906
Decided May 14, 1906
202 U.S. 281
The Secretary of Commerce and Labor has a right under § 21 of the Act of March 3, 1903, 32 Stat 1218, to order the deportation of an alien as having come to this country under contract to perform labor, after a second hearing before a board of special inquiry, although there had previously been a special inquiry, pursuant to § 25 of the act at the time of his landing before the same persons, and upon the same questions, and he had been allowed to land.
The board of inquiry under § 25 of the act of 1903 is not a court, but an instrument of the executive power, and its decisions do not constitute res judicata in a technical sense.
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