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. Al Sharptongue

    I'm just curious – where is all the Liberal OUTRAGE at the use of the Swastika Symbol as a way to protest?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    This would not be as much of an issue for people here legally if all the states, including AZ would follow the federal law requiring proof of citizenship or legal status when issueing a drvers licence. Most people don't leave their home with out it, so by showing it to a cop would prove you are here legally. But most states are begging for waviers not to follow this law instead of enforcing it.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duane

    This will mean that ANYONE in the state can be harassed by police at any time – for any reason. The cops will just say that they suspected that I am an illegal immigrant from Ireland in order to detain me if they want to. This is a horrible piece of legislation – and, yes, I live in Arizona. Immigration reform is necessary, but this is not it.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ME

    A comment to John Faison's post quoting the 4th Amendment:

    You may be stretching it a bit to equate this bill to search and seizure. There is the underlying concept of "probable cause" in the application of the law. To consider this as a carte-blanche license to stop anyone appearing Hispanic, Arabic, Asian, etc. is the wrong interpretation. The law is almost a word-for-word copy of the federal regulation regarding illegal immigrants and absolutely should be applied.

    Legal immigration into the US is a priveledge granted to those who can contribute to our society. Using our constitution as a protective device for illegals is an insult to those who have followed the rules for over 200 years.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CSM

    If you're in the US ANYWHERE ILLEGALLY, then YOU DO **NOT** DESERVE TO BE HERE, THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN AMERICAN (BECAUSE YOU ARE ILLEGALLY HERE), OR ANY SERVICES WHATSOEVER. IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW. SIMPLE AS THAT.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    MATT DENVER CO
    Dam dude learn how to spell

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LUIS IN BROOKLYN

    What obviously a lot of you do not understand is that the problem is not only with the illegals mexican in these country. The problem is why me, a born in the USA hispanic should have to carry immigrations papers when obviusly a white american doesn't have to. I am as much a citizen as any white man (or black for that matter), why do I have to carry an annoying passport everywhere. Besides, you should fight crime with law enforcement (Like Guilianni did in NYC, remember?) Not by targetting illegal aliens. Now they will be scared to call emergency services, giving the criminals the edge. And believe me criminals don't give a Damn about your immigrations laws.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nathan

    Kelly, I couldn't agree with you more. Arizona better be careful what they wish for cause their could be economic reprucussions for stupid laws like this. A lot of industries in this country benefit from illegals working over here, industries important to all americans especially retailers which affects sales tax revenues. You can debate all day and all night about the pros and cons of those industries and how the process is screwed up but the bottomline that affects all of us is the economy especially the middle class.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ustaxpayer

    Leave it to the pathetic Mexican government to address this as an attack on all Mexicans. If they really cared about their people and stopped being so incompetent and corrupt, their people would not be flocking here in droves. Oh, but then they end up getting more money when the ILLEGALS send or bring their US cash back home to Mexico, don't they? It's time for a change. Americans are FED UP. God bless Arizona. Now bring this bill to California, Texas and New Mexico already!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cf

    hey jen, do you carry your passport around with you 24/7? Because that's what you'll have to start doing from now on or risk going to jail.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    REAL SIMPLE IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE NEW LAW STAY IN MEXICO> WE LOVE THE MEXICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE EFFORT TO DO THING'S THE RIGHT WAY. STAY IN MEXICO IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT AND TAKE AS MANY FRIENDS AS YOU CAN WITH YOU!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FWhittey

    How can you say if you are here legally there will be no problem? Is that before or after the police slam me on my head for questioning? White people are so gullible. This is an act of war on Latino citizens. They are not doing this to Canadian immigrants because they are white. Ii am a citizen and if the police ask for my papers im shooting first answering questions later.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PD1962

    I have little comment on what the corrupt Mexican government "says" in order to maintain their influx of money from their citizens illegally entering and staying in the U.S.A. The government representing the CITIZENS of Arizona are responding to an economic, healthcare, institutional, and social crisis caused by criminals and the federal government's failure to enforce U.S. LAW. I have only one question for those with a far-left tendency (question to the far right at another time): Do you believe that anyone and everyone should be allowed to enter our country and stay here and receive the privileges of U.S. Citizens? If not, why only Mexicans/Latinos? If so, how much of your earnings are you willing to give up so that the rest of the world can enjoy the same privileges I work for?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Al Sharptongue

    And those who are in favor of illegal immigration should be indivudally billed for the free medical care, schooling, etc. I would be perfectly fine with illegal immigration in that case.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jessica

    I think its funny that people think that if you are here legally, you have nothing to worry about. The thing is, how many cops, ect are going to assume those "legal" documents arent quite as legal as they really are. The presumption will always be, that this person is doing something wrong – because they are mexican.

    Im not saying that illegal immigrants arent an issue – what im saying is that targetting every mexican, will be a waste of time and resources. Only one place to go to stem illegal immigrants – the jobs that are hiring these people. No jobs, no worries...they'll go back.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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