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They Came to Toil: U.S. News Coverage of Mexicans on the Eve of the Great Depression
Unformatted Document Text:  They  Came  to  Toil:  U.S.  News  Coverage  of  Mexicans  on  the  Eve  of  the  Great  Depression   Melita  M.  Garza  -­-­  Page  -­17-­       which are very sensitive.’” According to the Express “the facts” and “even more weighty considerations of neighborliness,” called for defeat of the measure. Chandler put the nation’s relationship to Mexico in context during his testimony before Washington policy makers. In comments not included in the Express AP story, Chandler testified that the City of the Angels was “about 60 percent Mexican,” when he moved there 50 years earlier. 69 “Our traditions and background are mostly Mexican, and all of the old timers who...lived with the Mexicans...had a little different attitude toward them than the rest of the Americans,” the publisher and industrialist said. “A good many of my friends were Mexicans and I worked with Mexicans...and have an appreciation of them.” 70 Five days after its “Sound Objections” editorial, the Express took up the mantle of friendship Chandler invoked. “The Southwest’s objections,” the Express wrote “are not entirely selfish.” 71 Southwest residents, “More clearly than people who live at a distance, perceive the bad effects which the restrictive legislation would have upon Mexican- American relations.” Box’s or any other similar legislation would “gratuitously offend the New World peoples,” the Express said, reiterating a point in its January 24, 1930, editorial. 72 The Express found the Box Bill untenable and deemed a bill introduced by Sen. William J. Harris of Georgia the “Most Obnoxious of the Quota Bills,” in a February 19, 1930, editorial. The Harris bill sought to exempt Canada and Newfoundland from quota restrictions, reducing immigrants from Mexico to about 1,500 a year, compared with 40,000 in the past fiscal year and 60,000 three years ago. This “patent attempt to play

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They  Came  to  Toil:  
U.S.  News  Coverage  of  Mexicans  on  the  Eve  of  the  Great  Depression  
Melita  M.  Garza  -­-­  Page  -­17-­  
 
 
which are very sensitive.’” According to the Express “the facts” and “even more weighty 
considerations of neighborliness,” called for defeat of the measure. 
Chandler put the nation’s relationship to Mexico in context during his testimony 
before Washington policy makers. In comments not included in the Express AP story, 
Chandler testified that the City of the Angels was “about 60 percent Mexican,” when he 
moved there 50 years earlier.
69
 “Our traditions and background are mostly Mexican, and 
all of the old timers who...lived with the Mexicans...had a little different attitude toward 
them than the rest of the Americans,” the publisher and industrialist said.  “A good many 
of my friends were Mexicans and I worked with Mexicans...and have an appreciation of 
them.”
70
 
Five days after its “Sound Objections” editorial, the Express took up the mantle of 
friendship Chandler invoked. “The Southwest’s objections,” the Express wrote “are not 
entirely selfish.”
71
 Southwest residents, “More clearly than people who live at a distance, 
perceive the bad effects which the restrictive legislation would have upon Mexican-
American relations.” Box’s or any other similar legislation would “gratuitously offend 
the New World peoples,” the Express said, reiterating a point in its January 24, 1930, 
editorial.
72
 
The Express found the Box Bill untenable and deemed a bill introduced by Sen. 
William J. Harris of Georgia the “Most Obnoxious of the Quota Bills,” in a February 19, 
1930, editorial.  The Harris bill sought to exempt Canada and Newfoundland from quota 
restrictions, reducing immigrants from Mexico to about 1,500 a year, compared with 
40,000 in the past fiscal year and 60,000 three years ago. This “patent attempt to play 


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