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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
AsociacióN De Reclamantes Vs. The United Mexican States: A Legacy Of The Treaty Of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Program #
1982-14
Theme:
Politics

Series:
History, Legal Issues
Host:
Linda Fregoso
Guests:
Jess Araujo, María Aguirre Schultz, Robert Salazar
Date:
May 2, 1982

Asociación de Reclamantes vs. the United Mexican States: A Legacy of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Linda Fregoso discusses the Asociacion de Reclamantes vs. The United Mexican States case with two of the lawyers, Robert Salazar and Jess Araujo, and one of the plaintiffs, Maria Aguirre Schultz, who are suing the Mexican government and seeking compensation for lands lost in the aftermath of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Fregoso and Salazar first discuss the background of the case. They explain that the treaty contained provisions that would protect Mexican-owned lands in U.S. territory after the Mexican American War, yet the treaty was repeatedly violated and most Mexicans lost their land. According to the treaty, Mexico could intervene on behalf of its citizens, but it chose not to do until the period after the Mexican Revolution. At that time, the government sought to use the land grant heirs’ claim to leverage U.S.’s claims for compensation for U.S. owned business the Mexican government had expropriated. In the early 1940s, the governments signed a treaty that made each party responsible for compensating the claimants they represented. Although the U.S. government paid the U.S. business owners, Mexico never paid the land grant heirs. Aguirre Schultz then describes her family’s unsuccessful efforts to receive compensation for the land they lost. After years of protests, several heirs grew tired of waiting and organized the Asociacion de Reclamantes which in 1976 decided to sue the Mexican government.

Salazar then discusses some of the controversial aspects of the case. He explains why the U.S. does have jurisdiction over Mexico, and Araujo discusses potential ways the debt can be paid. They also explain why the heirs cannot sue for the return of the land.

 

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