CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 29, 1977
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(Studio) Founding of Mennonite religious sect in Switzerland in 1500's and group's constant search for permanent home noted. Purchase of Texas land by groups from Canada and Mexico and their illegal entry into United States is subject of report
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Seminole, Texas) Background of Mennonite beliefs and this group's plans to settle in west Texas, which weren't approved by United States government, detailed. Group has been ordered to leave. [Spokesperson Frank WIEBE - cites reaction of group to order.] Native west Texas neighbors' reaction to order stated and efforts to help Mennonites resist deportation order reported [Seminole, Texas, mayor Bob CLARK - says Mennonite tradespeople needed here and that feeling here is that area would be good for Mennonites, too.] Seminole busmen.'s solution to problem by establishing windmill factory and convincing Labor Department of need for Mennonite labor cited; pressure on Congmen. from area to help situation also noted. [US Immigration Service spokesperson Armand SALTURELLI - cites reasons for Congress and public sympathy for Mennonites.] Charges of Mexican-Americans with regard to government action in dropping deportation order and fight with regard to President Carter's attempts to stem flow of Mexicans into cntry. noted. [Mexican American leader Ruben BONILLA - says Mexicans deserve same treatment from Department of Labor that Mennonites got.] Immigration Service response to charges of double standard stated.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg