Of course, US interventionists would argue that the US annexation of Mexico occurred a long time ago and hence does not count. However, it is a well-established legal principle that title to stolen goods cannot ever lawfully reside in the criminal or anybody who receives stolen property. Thus, the original owners of Mexican land still claim their property rights despite the fact that they lived under the rule of the United States for over 100 years.
In addition, the US-Mexico Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Security was ratified by the Senate on June 8, 1951. This treaty served as the basis for the legal annexation of Mexico by the United States. The treaty also provided for its termination if either country should enter into a peace agreement with another nation. Since the United States has already entered into at least one such agreement (with Guatemala), this treaty could be terminated by Congress at any time.
Finally, the War Powers Resolution gives Congress 180 days after the invasion of Iraq to vote no confidence in President George W. Bush's decision to go to war against that country. As of today's date, April 17, 2004, Congress has not taken action to terminate this war. Therefore, the invasion of Iraq remains illegal under American law.
In conclusion, the invasion of Iraq was an unlawful act that violated international law. The perpetrators of this crime belong in an international court where they can be tried for their crimes.
In 1847, Mexico did not sell any land. After Mexico lost the war, it was invaded and subsequently taken over by the United States. It is a euphemism to state that Mexico "ceded."
The Mexican-American War began in 1846 when the US government declared its intention to expand into Mexico. This led to a series of attacks on Mexican towns by American soldiers with no official declaration of war. In 1847, an additional group of soldiers crossed the border into Mexico and attacked Puebla without the knowledge of President James K. Polk. They were met with little resistance because nobody expected the Americans to attack.
The Puebla Incident proved to be a turning point in the war. With no legal justification for their actions, the American troops had committed an act of aggression against Mexico. This fact was confirmed when American officials sent letters to the governments of both countries asking them to negotiate a peace agreement. The Mexicans refused because they considered the incident as an invasion, while the Americans viewed it as an act of war.
The following year, 1848, negotiations began but failed because the Mexicans wanted compensation for lost territories while the Americans only wanted access to their gold mines. In 1849, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed by the US and Mexico.
The Mexican Constitution governs land ownership and states that a foreigner cannot obtain direct ownership of land within a 100-kilometer radius of the border or 50-kilometer radius of the coast. However, if a foreigner has permanent residence in one area, then he or she could potentially obtain legal title to land within those distances.
Mexican law allows foreigners to buy land from Mexicans who want to sell and give them full rights over the property. Although foreigners cannot directly purchase land from government agencies or private owners, they may be able to obtain concessions for mining or drilling for oil and gas. These concessions would place restrictions on how the land could be used and would not include ownership of the land or its resources. Concessions are given out by government agencies such as the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the National Commission for Free Trade Agreements (CNFT).
In addition to buying land from Mexicans, foreigners can also become landowners by inheriting property or by marrying into a landowning family.
It is possible for a foreigner to own land in other countries too. For example, Canada permits foreign investors to buy land under certain conditions. Such purchases would need to be registered with Canadian authorities and would fall under the same rules as any other property sale.