Menu JTA Search

Mexican Chambers of Commerce in Drive Against Alleged Mass Jewish Immigration

The National Chamber of Commerce in the Laguna district, state of Coahuila, today began an intensive campaign for the support of all chambers of commerce in Mexico in its move to protest to President Rubio against the admittance of 40,000 Jewish immigrants, allegedly supposed to start arriving here early in December from Poland and other East-European countries.

Scores of chambers of commerce throughout the country are already backing the proposal which will be submitted to the Confederation of Chambers of the United Mexican State for presentation to the highest authorities of the republic. The Laguna chamber of commerce, which is largely composed of planters and other agriculturists, represents Mexico’s leading cotton producing center.

ARRIVAL MUST BE PREVENTED

In its appeal to other chambers it warns that the arrival of the Jewish immigrants must be prevented and that the immigration officials must be ordered not to allow them to land. The appeal is based on the contention that, as practically none of the expected newcomers are agriculturists, they will make graver the prevailing commercial depression as they will probably enter commerce in competition with Mexicans.

The appeal points out that if the Jewish immigrants were agriculturists they would be received cordially. This appeal follows up an extensive campaign along similar lines being waged in the provincial press in the form of conspicuously published news stories concerning the impending arrival of a large contingent of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

Inquiries made at the offices of the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society here indicate that nothing is known in Jewish circles about a reported migration of 40,000 Jews from Eastern Europe to Mexico. It was pointed out that no funds are available for such a mass movement even if Mexico could absorb such a number of immigrants at one time and if Mexico’s immigration laws were to permit so many Jews to enter at one time.

NEXT STORY