811.111/33709: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Mexico ( Hanna )

74. Your 107.

Mexican authorities appear to have misinterpreted Department’s proposal, which eliminates all documentation with respect to persons who have resided in 40-mile zones for more than a year (except Russians and hostile aliens desiring to enter United States), it being necessary only for such residents, provided they are otherwise admissible, to satisfy port authorities of residence requirement prior to their passage from one zone to the other.

Take matter up again informally with appropriate authorities, and request them to consent to plan as originally presented, to be put into effect beginning June 15, pointing out that American municipal authorities on border are now issuing identifying documents, but that this practice is unsatisfactory.