811.504 Mexico/12–745

The Secretary of State to the Mexican Ambassador ( Espinosa de los Monteros )

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency the Ambassador of Mexico and has the honor to refer to the Embassy’s note no. 9126 of November 26, 1945, regarding Mexican workers in the United States under the Agreements of April 26 and 29, 1943, and their repatriation to Mexico.

The appropriate agencies of this Government which are charged with the Administration of the Mexican workers have advised the Department that all workers whose contracts have expired have now been removed from the cold zones of the United States, and that those who remain will be repatriated as soon as their contracts expire, in accordance with the provisions of the notes exchanged with the Embassy on December 10, 1945, providing that priority be given to the return of workers in the northern part of the United States.

The agencies, in addition, have instructed the employers of Mexican workers to make sure that the housing provided for those workers who remain during the winter months is adequate and well-heated.

As the Embassy has been informed, the return of workers to Mexico mentioned in the last paragraph of the Embassy’s note under reference has progressed so rapidly that during the first few days of December, 1945, the repatriation of agricultural workers became current with contract expirations. The notes of December 10, 1945, mentioned above provided for increased repatriations of railroad workers. The schedules for the months of December and January are providing for the return of more workers than agreed upon, with the result that the repatriation of these men will be current with contract expirations within a few days.