Mexico holds a Trump Card from 1848 in US Mexico Territorial Dispute

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This Thursday, a Mexican politician and a well-respected attorney, proposed a legal claim that would invalidate the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, a treaty in which Mexico was forced to give up a large portion of its estate to United States.

“The treaty gave the U.S. what is now California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma.” reported Mexico Daily News.

Former Mexico City mayor and three-time presidential candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and lawyer Guillermo Hamdan Castro argue that the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo fails several tests to secure its legal validity.

The two main points of their arguments are first, US admits to attacking Mexico prior to them signing the agreement, and secondly, that Mexico’s signature was obtained while the country was under serious pressure internally and externally because of the American invasion of Mexico.

United States, acting under the Manifest Destiny, the belief that United States had a divine destiny to colonize and expand, rushed into their neighboring country and forced them to sign the treaty while Mexico was having internal issues and was collapsing from within. Coercion is a valid legal defense, according to legal analyst.

While Mexico is not arguing for the sake of having the property restored to Mexico, Guillermo Hamdan Castro, the attorney, suggested instead the U.S. should pay compensation for the use of the land over the last 168 years, “and given that the dollar has meant nothing since the 1970s payment should be in gold or pesos.” stated Hadman.

Cárdenas, a founder of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, and Hamdan are calling on Mexicans to join them in a march to Los Pinos, official residence of President Enrique Peña Nieto, to present the proposal.

“The president of Mexico is the only one who can make a claim on behalf of the country in the International Court of Justice.” noted Mexico Daily News

Senator Patricio Martínez, a former governor of Chihuahua, said the matter was raised by Mexico in a letter to the Secretary of State in 1897, but was subsequently forgotten.


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