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Texas, El Paso, Applications for Non-Resident Aliens Border Crossing Identification Cards, 1945-1952
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El Paso, El Paso, Texas, 
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Record Description
Record Type Applications for Non-Resident Aliens Border Crossing Identification Cards
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
Collection years 1945-1952
Microfilm Publication M1756. Applications for Nonresident Alien's Border Crossing Identification Cards Made at El Pasco, ca. July 1945-December 1952.. 62 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by surname then by first name
National Archives Identifier 4529421
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This collection contains applications for border crossing identification cards for non-resident aliens created at El Paso, Texas, 1945-1952. It corresponds with NARA series M1756. Card manifests (INS Form I-190) are mainly arranged alphabetically by surname, then first name and include such information as the aliens name, address, date and place of birth, sex, marital status, occupation, nationality, etc. Some cards may also have a fingerprint and photograph. The collection is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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