MEXICO: Bad Neighbors

The Mexican Foreign Office recently announced that 90,000 Mexicans had been allowed to go to work in the U.S.—a welcome boost for a manpower-hungry nation. There would have been tens of thousands more if Mexico had not forbidden its citizens to work in Texas.

"No Mexicans" signs can be found in other border states. But big, bumptious Texas is the most assertive in maintaining the doctrine that anyone with a dark skin, however cultivated, industrious and well-behaved, is forever inferior to any light-skinned person. (Mexicans have practically no Negro blood; most of them are part or full-blooded Indians.) There are about...

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