opi 2009

In the fall of 1921, the president of Guatemala modified the October 1914 policy that required immigrants of color to make a deposit of fifty dollars. The new executive decree required immigrants of color to deposit two hundred pesos in American gold with customs officials before disembarking at any Guatemalan port… White foreigners interested in entering the country were treated quite differently. Because they were desired citizens, the government offered whites an open-door policy, free transportation to Guatemala, and land on which to settle.
—  Opie, F. D. 2009. Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.