MEXICO CITY (Oct. 31)
Post-war immigration from European countries to Mexico will be practically impossible under a decree published yesterday in the official Garette.
The legislation may have an effect on other Latin-American countries, since political leaders here today said that the new law is the result of decisions taken at the pan-American Demographic Conference which was held in Mexico in October, 1943.
The new decree provides that immigration priority is to be given to citizens of Western Hemisphere countries and Spain. Other persons will be admitted only after an exhaustive study of each case is made. Bachelors will be given visas only if they prove that they intend to marry Mexican girls and make Mexico their permanent home. Capitalist immigrants will receive visas only after they deposit $20,000 in a specific bank together with their application. Members of liberal professions will be admitted only if they meet the necessary requirements. The decree is signed by Miguel Aleman, Minister of the Interior.
The Pan-American Demographic Conference was called for the purpose of discussing uniform immigration regulations by all countries in Latin America in connection with the expected influx of immigrants from Europe after the war.