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ALANIS ENCISO, Fernando Saúl. The “Box Law ” and the Mexican Press (1929-1930). Hist. mex. [online]. 2020, vol.69, n.4, pp.1681-1727.  Epub June 02, 2020. ISSN 2448-6531.

This article analyzes the opinions expressed in Mexico’s independent press regarding the bill promoted by the Texan congressman John Box between 1929 and 1930, whose central objective was for the U.S. government to implement quotas on immigration from Mexico. It reveals how the public discourse centered around four themes: 1) Declarations as to how this bill humiliated Mexico and its citizens, 2) Insults and reproaches directed at the United States and its behavior, 3) Analysis of how measures such as this one led to tension between the two countries and 4) Commentaries on the positive effects this initiative would have on Mexico. The central hypothesis of this article is that these were the first public opinions expressed in 20th Century Mexico regarding proposed legislation in the United States that aimed to restrict Mexican immigration, a subject that is still relevant today.

Keywords : Box Law; Mexican Press; 20th Century; Mexico; United States.

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