811.2222/3: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Mexico (Fletcher)

186. Department has given following to the press:

“Reports coming from the Mexican border indicate that a general belief exists among Mexican laborers that if they remain in the United States they will be subject to conscription. There is, of course, no intention on the part of the American Government of drafting foreigners into military service, and it is hoped that the press and citizens generally will do all they can to make this clear to Mexicans and other foreigners residing in the United States.”

Bring foregoing to attention Foreign Office, for its information. Suggest advisability sending instructions to Mexican consuls along border, to correct misunderstanding of Mexican citizens.