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Caption on reverse [translation]: "Opposes Amendment of the Anti-Japanese Immigration Law. Congressman Kramer Claims Domestic Depression Allows No Leeway. Charles Kramer is currently staying in Hawaii because of his positions on the congressional committees on immigration and narcotics and is spending most of his time in activities related to those areas. Asked for his feelings on the issue of revision of the Anti-Immigration Act, a topic which has been raised in California, he was frank in his opposition, stating:

'As you know, the debate over revising the Immigration Act has been rekindled, but given that there is a severe economic depression in the United States and large numbers of unemployed, it would be unwise to allow new immigrants to enter. As for the proposal to at least allow Japanese to enter the country in proportions equal to those from Europe, the Chinese, Indians, and other Asians would not be silent if we did so. So we have no choice but to maintain the current law of permitting Asians to come to the US for study and other reasons, but prohibit laborers from coming.'

The congressman also stated that Honolulu, like San Francisco and other coastal ports, was becoming a gateway for the smuggling of illegal drugs and that he was undertaking detailed studies of how to prevent that. (Photograph is of Kramer)."

November 28, 1933



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