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. Dane Breitzig

    Great to see a state stand up for it's rights! And why would AZ worry about Mexico or any boycott? I might consider moving there now. I hope TX signs a similar bill. If our US gov wont stand up to illegal immigration then I guess states have to take steps in their own hands. Go AZ!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the moi

    HEY MEXICO-HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE THE SHOE ON THE OTHER FOOT NOW? IF YOU'RE LEGAL–WELCOME. IF YOU'RE ILLEGAL–LEAVE. AND EITHER WAY CARRY YOUR PAPERS. WELCOME TO THE USA!!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Texas Pete

    Nice, when can I expect the Texas legislature to pass the same law and start to clean out my great state? The more states we can get on Mexico's travel advisory lists, the lower our unemployment rate is going to get!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Guru

    For those who ask – so why worry if your papers are in order – think about this...

    What if Arizona had passed a bill where cops can stop anyone and validate the taxes paid by any individual and arrest them if the cop thinks the person may not have paid all the taxes they should have.

    Tax laws change as often as immigration laws. But people who get affected by immigration law changes do not matter – because they cannot vote.

    Will the cops be trained in all the legalities of immigration laws?
    Will it not be a hassle for people to have all the papers with them all the time?

    Sham of a democracy in Arizona.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KansasJohn

    This is a slippery slope. Right now we have a law that requires those in the country legally to carry their paperwork at all times. If you are a white American, that seems to be a fine idea. But if you "look" like you might not belong, even if you were born in the United States and as much a citizen as any other American soil born individual, you now live in constant fear of harassment. Taking away from the freedoms of American citizens is not the answer to illegal immigration. It is a horrifying thought that anyone who looks "suspicious" to police authorities can be subjected to the humiliation of proving they belong. Whoa be to those who forget the proper paperwork to wander freely in Arizona. Whoa be to those who end up on the wrong side of the authorities. It has been said that this will not lead to racial profiling. The same was said about Jim Crow laws. The fact is that power like this will be abused. Not only will some illegal immigrants be caught, but honest, hard working, LEGAL Americans will be harassed and harmed. The rights of American citizens, including the right to walk down the street, should extend to all, not just the ones who don't look like the wrong sort.

    This path leads to danger. It leads to wearing our identification showing at all times. It leads to being able to pigeon hole people groups and control populations. Just because it is not your population being controlled today, does not mean it will not be your population tomorrow. Instead of handing absolute power out to answer a vexing question, perhaps we need to rationally figure out a solution. Any solution that allows for the abuse of people is no solution at all.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shine the Light

    The Government (Washington DC) of this country doesn't do anything because it's all about looking out for Big Business and not the citizens of this country. It's about subsidizing agribusiness and providing them with cheap labor and anti-competitive practices as they poison our land, water and air. Biz pays for politicians campaigns who in turn bend over backwards to pave the way for them with favorable legislation that doesn't outright ban things such as genetically modified organism crops, pesticides/fertilizers that are proven to be toxic, protectionism for non-nutritious crops, and allowing for the revolving door to continue for biz execs into government agencies with the lead in providing "oversight" for the industry (FDA, EPA, USDA, etc.)

    Out of curiosity, how many people on here realize that the beef (burger/steak) you may have just had for lunch/dinner was fed chicken manure to help a. fatten it up and b. as a means of getting rid of chick manure (maybe a few dead chickens too?). Also, that said chicken was possible (likely?) fed beef/cow biproducts that were banned from being fed directly to cows...remember BSE anyone? Prions?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    I think it would be fair to ask President Cadleron 1000 US dollars for every illegal we deport back to Mexico. thats a discount Then he will change his tune. whats the big deal, I have visit Mexico minding my own business walking or driving and being stopped for no reason and ask to show ID. If your here in the US whats the big deal

    April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shaun

    122 that first part is actually a good idea.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mosher

    I hope South Carolina is next to pass this law. Its about time !!!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steve

    Yeah, there's no problem. Unless you look mexican. Then there's a problem cuz you could be born and raised in the U.S. but cuz some bigot m#@%$ officer thinks you look like and illegal then you get harassed. That's what the problem is people. You don't think there's a problem cuz you don't fall into the profile, of course there's not a problem for you. What are they gonna do then? Stop fat bald caucasians to check if they're illegal canadians? please...

    April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dolo

    We dont want illegals here. please check yourself and try to really think of how things would workout without the illegals here. Yes, you would get your jobs back, but still have your crappy wages and complain. If it changed and you got paid more, well thats great but with this economy and mind set us U.S. Citizens display we would not be able to cope with it or deal with it. Next thing is if the concern is illegals taking jobs explain outsourcing and how you cant complain about that one. these U.S. companies which try to sell the fact that they are U.S. mostly operate out of U.S. to save money. Last thing i need to rant about is if its violence and illegal activities that bother you. Its a product of U.S. and Latin American relationships. You got the demand, the supply will be delivered. You got a Nation that tries to make itself the most dominent in its hemisphere and not allow other countries to fully develop by underminding them for your interests its no wonder the underprivilaged people of those places are gonna do what they have got to survive. Now getting past this we are a global community whether you like it or not. the problem is not going to go away at all. Its not an issue of our time but an issue we have had to deal with since groups of people from one location move into another groups territory. regardless of which i cant wait to see what will happen if the neighbors from the north start immigrating down south. Heaven forbid we get stuck with a bunch of cunuks here. Ive said my peace. if you feel free to write down a well thought and formulated argument then go for it. if not. well _______________(feel free to use your imagination)

    April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I'mlegal!

    I don't care whether you're Democrat or Republican...come into this country CORRECTLY as all other foreigners do. They wouldn't allow Haitians to come over here illegally! They wouldn't let ANY OTHER foreigner to come here without proper documentation! Do things the correct way and there wouldn't be a problem!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Teresa you are an idiot...why say WHITE PEOPLE...Idon't forget about the blacks and chinese etc. etc..sounds to me like you are a little racists.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jaz

    Yo... the Natives want their land back and want all you illegal white folk to get the fcuk out immediately. You don't need to show your papers, just pack your shyte and leave. You white folk have jacked this country up enough already...

    April 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gehoff

    in all honesty it would give some jobs, even though they will be crap, to some americans who do not have jobs. As for the ones who are here legally, yes we need them to continue helping our economy.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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