Date of Award

1931

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Rob Root [?]

Abstract

The purpose of this introductory chapter is to make clear the intent of the entire study. First of all, no attempt is made at claiming any distinction for originality, as the information contained herein is gathered from books, magazines, newspapers, conversations with experienced business men and labor men, and some from personal observation.

The present unemployment situation causes many people to question our government's policy of leaving our "gates" open to Mexican immigration. Many are the figures that we hear quoted in an effort to bolster personal views on this problem. Dr. Manual Gamio urges a limitation placed on Mexican immigration. Dr. Paul Taylor sees no reason for such a step. Both of these men have studied the problem thoroughly, yet they arrive at opposite conclusions. The former is a Mexican and feels that his suggestions would benefit both countries and their peoples. Individual and cursory investigations seem to be in accord with his advice. Dr. Taylor advises us that time will correct the present condition and apparently we need not attempt to alleviate the problem.

Aside from the employment issue, it is argued that the Mexican presents a socio-racial economic problem. The question involved herein is one of adaptation. Naturally he is not accustomed to our mode of living and upon entering this country he % faces a world entirely unknown to his past experiences. He soon finds himself at the mercy of those people more advanced than himself; often he falls into the hands of unscrupulous contractors.

Aside flora my personal opinion, I must offer the suggestion that "'big business" seems to favor unrestricted Mexican immigration. Even farmers in this valley advocate restriction.

Therefore, this study will involve an unbiased treatment of the subject (to the best of my knowledge) and the conclusions offered shall be based on the facts contained herein.

Pages

223

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