April 27th, 2010
02:07 PM ET

Mexico issues advisory for Arizona

Mexico's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued an advisory to Mexicans living and working in Arizona following the signing of a controversial law to stem illegal immigration in that state.

In Arizona "there is a negative political environment for migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors," the advisory states.

The new law requires Arizona police to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren't.

Although the new law doesn't go into effect until 90 days after the close of the state's legislative session, the Mexican government advised its citizens in Arizona to begin carrying all immigration documents with them immediately "to avoid needless confrontations."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed the controversial legislation into law Friday. Supporters say it is needed to control illegal immigration.

The advisory points Mexicans in Arizona to the state's five Mexican consulates for legal advice if they feel they have been subjected to abuse by authorities.

"As long as no clear criteria are defined for when, where and who the authorities will inspect, it must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned without further cause at any time," the advisory states.

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  1. Grundoon

    Sounds like they have arrived at a pretty correct assessment of the situation.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LeRoy Diamond Deville

    Wow, that is all it takes? When can our State sign that bill?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cisco

    If you are in Arizona legally, there will be absolutely no problem.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Why such a big deal if the cops asking people about their legal status? I would NOT mind because i know i am legal. I guess you would mind if you are illegal.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hariga

    Hahaha!!

    This is becoming a reality drama series!! I'm eagerly awaiting episode 2.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maria

    So what's so wrong about having your papers in order? Why did I have to spend my money and time to get a passport just to go to Canada? Illegal means "not" legal. When people abuse a priviledge, then consequences follow.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. West Valley Dave

    Travel advisory? If you come here legally you've got nothing to worry about. If you come here illegally then you 1) take your own life in your own hands and can succumb to the desert, bandits, etc or 2) be jailed if you are found being here illegally. Do yourselves a favor... STAY HOME!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GeorgeD

    What's missing from this whole issue are the responsibilities of foreign governments on their people who are immigrating to the US illegally. Why can't the US government pressure these foreign governments to clamp down? Why don't they have the initiative to do something about this problem? Is it because these governments benefit from the dollars that the illegals send home? Is it because these goverments will have less mouth to feed? I think the US should also focus on these foreign governments instead of focusing on the poor illegals working on the streets.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JD

    hahahahahahaha this makes me laugh, REALLY hard.
    Leave it to Mexico to call ARIZONA a negative environment for migrant communities....the same country that legally allows it's soldiers to shoot on sight Guatemalan's illegally entering their southern border.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vickie

    Negative atmosphere for all Mexican "visitors?" Give me a break. Even the Mexican government is made up of bums.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Elizabeth

    See if none of this was signed this wouldnt be happening right now. this is all arizonas fault. Let them stay how would u feel being torn away from ur family, ur job and ur life think about it .

    April 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sunshine

    Wonerful. Maybe Mexico and Obama have awakened to the fact that American's do not want illegals here. As for legal Mexicans, you are welcome here and we love working with you. Our gripe are those illegals coming here and Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Graham had better wake up to the fact that we will not tolerate their idea of Amnesty for illegals.

    Sounds to me like they would be supporting illegals and therefore deserve to go to jail.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kerri

    Mexico shoots Guatemalan's entering illegally? And they think we are worse?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. magua

    Wonder If they will Profile whites also ...but i doubt it ... just another way for a mexican to be targeted.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robin Hardman

    It's about time. I am a democrat but, legal means legal. It's mind boggling that they have the nerve to protest our laws when the fact is that if I was in their Country illegally I would be thrown in jail. What the heck is it going to take? I wish my State would do something similar.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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