“stateless” Refugees Must Be Willing to Wed Indians to Be Admitted to Mexico

The Mexican Government has decreed that only a few “foreigners have lost their nationality” will be admitted to Mexico and that these must be ready to marry Indians, the New York Times correspondent, Frank L. Kluckhohn, reported from Mexico City today.

The decree, issued by Interior Secretary Ignaci Garcia Tellez, and published in the official gazette, states: “Foreigners who have lost their nationality will be admitted to Mexico only in exceptional cases of notorious benefit for the country by private and express order of the Secretary of Interior. Petitioners for admittance must affirm categorically that they have no racial prejudices and that they are prepared to form Mexican mestizo families (by marrying Indians). Single persons of male sex less than 25 years of age will receive preference.”

Immigration quotas published by the Government, the Associated Press reported, provide for an unlimited number of immigrants from United States and Latin American countries and 1,000 immigrants a year from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, England, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Meanwhile, 21 Austrian and German Jewish refugees who were refused permission to land in Mexico were on their way back to Germany via Havana aboard the Hamburg-American liner Orinoco, according to the Times, which said that unofficial intervention by American Ambassador Josephus Daniels and the offer of American Jewish leaders to put up any money necessary had been unavailing.

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