The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Costa Rica (Dwyre)
96. Your 128, May 31, 1 p.m. You are instructed to state to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that in the opinion of the Department Costa Rica was within its legal rights in deporting the seamen in question and that careful consideration was given to the legality of every step taken both by Costa Rica and by the United States in this connection. You should add that in accordance with the position taken by the Costa Rican Government vis-à-vis the German and Italian Ministers the seamen were not only given the chance to depart on the first Japanese vessel calling in the Canal Zone but also when it was ascertained that such Japanese vessel would be unable to accommodate the seamen, arrangements were made for their transportation from the Canal Zone to San Francisco where they will be given another chance to sail on the first Japanese ship calling at that port. The seamen are at this moment en route from the Canal Zone to San Francisco.
Please make it clear that this Government will of course continue to support the position taken by the Government of Costa Rica in this matter.