File No. 312.94/1a.
The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of Labor.
Washington, December 29, 1913.
Sir: The Japanese Ambassador at this capital has requested that in case Japanese subjects in Chihuahua should be forced to leave Mexico, as was done in the case of the Spaniards, temporary refuge may be given them at El Paso.
In this relation I beg leave to refer to a letter1 addressed by the Acting Secretary of Commerce and Labor to this Department on March 14, 1912, by which it appears that our immigration authorities on the border accorded to Chinese residents in Mexico in times of disturbance refuge on the American side of the border, and the Department understands that this practice has been continued.
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