Blanton Asks Dickstein Spike Anti-alien Bill

Directing his attack on Representative Samuel Dickstein, chairman of the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization, and other committee members not in sympathy with prohibiting immigration, Representative Thomas L. Blanton of Texas has filed a motion to discharge the committee from further consideration of his bill, H. R. 109, which would stop all immigration to this country for ten years.

Representative Blanton charged in the House that the committee on immigration “willfully refuses year after year to bring in a bill to stop immigration to this country.” He charged that “we have too many men on that committee who do not want to stop immigration.” The Texan attributed the nation’s unemployment problem to the “aliens who have been coming here constantly, many of them smuggled across our borders daily, that have taken the jobs away from our American citizens.”

For the last dozen years, Representative Blanton has had pending in the House, a bill to stop immigration. During the present session, Representative Martin Dies of Texas has had a similar bill pending. The committee on immigration held a public hearing recently and voted it down.

Representative Blanton said that “half the committee voted one way and half of them the other. It was the chairman of that committee who voted against reporting this bill. So it is the chairman of the committee that keeps the bill down. If he had voted to report it we would have this bill now on the calendar ready for passage, and we could pass it and preserve American jobs for American citizens.”

Stating he knows that the people of the United States want to stop immigration, Representative Blanton said, “It is this continual horde of foreigners coming in here —the Nazi propagandists, propagandists for this, propagandists for that—who are doing the damage. If we want to stop this infernal propaganda, keep the aliens out of the country. Let us assimilate those we have before we take on others.”

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