Ecuador Urged to Admit 500 Jewish Children; Hicem Requested to Post $100,000 Bond

Attorney General Alfredo Perez Guerrero has recommended to the Ecuadorean Government that it admit 500 Jewish children from Europe, provided that the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, which has requested the admission of the young refugees, posts a bond of $100,000 to guarantee that the children will not become public charges.

This sum would be returned at such time as the youngsters have learned a trade and become self-supporting. In the event that a child dies, or leaves the country, $2,000 would be returned to the Hias-Ica. The Attorney General also recommends that the Jewish organization pay $20 per month to the Ministry of Education for the maintenance of each young immigrant.

It is pointed out here that Dr. Guerrero’s suggestions should not be interpreted as indicating opposition to Jewish immigration, but are motivated only by the legal and financial problems involved in admitting the children. He has frequently expressed sympathy with Jewish causes, and last year forestalled a ban on the Zionist Organization here, over the opposition of the Foreign Office.

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