800 Immigrants Are Expected in Mexico Despite Restrictions

About 800 immigrants from Poland and Russia are expected to arrive in Mexico during the forthcoming months, according to advices received at the B’nai Brith Mexico Bureau here which aids the Jewish immigrants in their adjustment to the new environment.

The Bureau has been informed by the Mexican government that it has instructed its Consul in Warsaw to visa passports for all those persons who purchased steamship tickets to Mexico before April 30. The Mexican Minister in Moscow has vised the passports of 403 prospective emigrants to Mexico since May 1.

These visas were granted notwithstanding the recent law to exclude immigrants with insufficient means. The new measure was promulgated due to the unemployment which now obtains in the country as a result of the difficult economic situation. Women and children who proceed with their husbands or parents are not affected by the new law. All other persons desiring to enter Mexico as immigrants will require special permission. Many of the immigrants now on their way are coming to their relatives here.

The B’nai Brith Bureau here issued a warning against a further influx of immigration. “Prospective emigrants should be dissuaded from coming here, due to the economic situation, unless it is imperative that they leave their home countries,” the Bureau stated, adding that a number of Jewish families from Russia and Poland are returning to Europe this month because of their inability to find work here.

Maxwell M. Teicher, vice-president of the Manufacturers Trust Company, was elected President of an association of 100 business men who have undertaken to subscribe $1,000 each to be used as a revolving fund to purchase tenements in the congested districts of the East Side for demolition.

“In their place,” Mr. Teicher stated, “there will be erected modern apartments to rent for no more than $20 per room, with elevators and all improvements. It is our intention to prove that the East Side is but on the brink of the brighter side of its history as a residential district. Engineering, legal and other technical work will be performed by men within the organization effecting considerable savings.”

In addition to Mr. Teicher as president, the officers are Louis Brenner, Joseph Platzker, Phil Schiffman. Peter P. Cappel, Sol. H. Eisler and Harry M. Goldberg.

Erection of a Jewish community center for Knoxville. Tenn., as the gift of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Arnstein will be started in a short time, with the completion of plans now being drawn, it was announced by Rabbi Milton Greenwald.

Announcement of the gift by Mr. and Mrs. Arnstein was made at Beth-El Temple.

Adjoining, Beth-El Temple on a lot presented to the congregation about a year ago by Mr. and Mrs. Arnstein, the center will consist of an auditorium with seating capacity of 600 persons; a gymnasium with shower and locker rooms: a banquet hall with kitchens; a library; classrooms for the religious school: and men’s and women’s clubrooms. An arcade will connect the center to the Temple.

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