812.52/2255: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul at Ensenada (Smale)

Your August 15, 1937. The Department understands that a decree issued by the governor of a state or by a local commission under the Mexican Agrarian Law is subject to review by the Agrarian Department at Mexico City before a final expropriation decree may be issued, and that during the proceedings the owner of an affected property is afforded an opportunity under the law to defend his rights and interests therein before that Department.

It is recommended that you suggest to the American landowners affected the advisability of their arranging either directly or through representatives to defend their rights and interests before the appropriate Mexican agrarian authorities. Inform them that you will be glad upon request, to render proper assistance to them or their representatives, but that the Consulate cannot assume responsibility for the execution of the legal procedure involved or the details thereof.