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Important Mexican Senate Bloc Asks Entry Curbs on Jews

A RISING ANTI-SEMITIC CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLIMAXED BY A MOVEMENT, SUPPORTED BY AN IMPORTANT BLOC IN THE SENATE, TO PROHIBIT JEWISH IMMIGRATION BY AMENDING ENTRY REGULATIONS TO SET UP BARS AGAINST “UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS” FROM ABROAD.

THE DRIVE, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SENATOR SINOLOA RODOLFO T. LOISA, WAS LAUNCHED AFTER PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON JEWS WERE DECLARED ILLEGAL BY THE INTERIOR MINISTER ON THE GROUND THEY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST A PARTICULAR RACE.

THE NEWLY-PROPOSED IMMIGRATION BARS WOULD BE SO STRICT THAT EVEN CHILDREN AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF JEWS NOW IN THE COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER. IN A STATEMENT TO THE NEWSPAPER EXCELSIOR SENATOR LOISA SUPPORTED HIS PROPOSAL BY HOLDING THE JEWS WERE “HARMFUL ELEMENTS.” OTHER SENATORS CLAIMED SUPPORT OF LABOR ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE ENTRY RESTRICTIONS.

(THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED FROM MEXICO CITY TODAY THAT THE NATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY PARTY BLOC IN THE SENATE HAS ASKED THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO SEND CONGRESS A LIST OF JEWS IN MEXICO, A REPORT ON THEIR STATUS UNDER MEXICAN LAW AND AN ESTIMATE OF THE AMOUNT OF CAPITAL THEY HAVE IN THE COUNTRY. THIS BLOC SUPPORTS PRESIDENT LAZARO CARDENAS.)

PRESIDENT CARDENAS RECENTLY PROMISED TO STUDY JEWISH COMPLAINTS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITIC PROPOSALS IN THE SENATE. THE JEWISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAD TELEGRAPHED THE PRESIDENT ASKING FOR AN INTERVIEW. HE WIRED IN REPLY THAT HE WAS TOO BUSY TO SEE A DELEGATION, BUT ASKED THE CHAMBER TO SUBMIT A MEMORANDUM, WHICH HE SAID WOULD BE GIVEN FAIR CONSIDERATION.

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