A drive is under way to rid the United States of undesired aliens. Sanctioned by Congress, in laws energetically enforced by the Department of Labor, annual deportations from the country have risen steadily since the war, reaching a total of 18,142 during the year ended June 30, 1931. Deportations during the current year are expected to number 20,000, an increase of 55 per cent over the last prosperity year—1929.
Several factors have combined to give prominence to deportation at this time as a supposed remedy for some of the country's social and economic ills. Continued depression, anti-red sentiment, the appearance of strikes in various parts of the country, the opposition of organized labor to the undercutting of wages and the strike-breaking activities of foreigners, the ...