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. Carrie

    Who cares what Mexico thinks.............if you are in this country legally, more power to you! If you are here illegally, suffer the consequences or go back to Mexico. Period.

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

    As for having papers in hand, when I travel to other countries I have to carry my passport. Quit your bellyaching already.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kelly

    Pretty stupid on Arizona's part. Mexican nationals spend a lot in at US retailers (go to a mall in Tucson, AZ or San Antonio, TX during Holy Week around Easter to get a taste). This will clearly hurt Arizona's retailers.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    As a legal American I never carry proof that I am an American citizen on me. What Arizona has done is illegal and this law will never be enacted.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shaun

    I dont think its as big a deal as they think it is. There saying its racial..NO. If we travel to different countries we need papers too to show were not from there so us americans are not being the least bit racial.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. skippy

    @chris...

    You'd mind the 35th time you get stopped because you look like a mexican.. or any hispanic.. oh wait.. im sorry, it's because people who are illegally here from mexico look so much different.

    I'd like this legislation to be amended so it targets people who are illegally here from Europe as well. Lets question everyone that might LOOK like they are from Europe and are here illegally.

    Fair is fair.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jaunita gonzales Allen

    There will only be problems for those here illegally. It is very simple, these demonstrations are about non-enforcement of immigration law. They are about illegal migration of people who will have children here and become Democrat voters and change the percentages. This will not work because Latino people are hard working with family values and cannot be bought off with welfare and other entitlement programs. They will not vote 95% as a block ever. They will prosper because of hard work and will succeed, and they will vote 50-50 Republican and Democrat like most of the rest of America. Democrat politicians will never enslave them.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dave mcnich

    In spite of Arizona, our laws are still more liberal than Mexico's. In Mexico, an American cannot own land. If arrested, we have little or no rights. Politicians want Mexican votes. That simple. Arizona did what every state should do. I'm sick of the minority being allowed to run this country. Please, people. Vote out ALL incumbants, no matter the party.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dorothea7

    Tourists and students from other countries, and people with green cards, have their papers on them all the time anyway, just as Americans traveling abroad do, so what has changed? Anybody here legally has nothing to worry about. Why doesn't Mexico advise the illegals to get out, why doesn't it want to deal with its own poor? We are not their refugee camp.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danielle

    This is awesome! Maybe if every state creates a similar law they will eventually get the picture that we are not putting up with their illegal immigration!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Didn't the south implement a plan like this in the late 1800's for blacks?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Buck

    What is wrong with showing your LEGAL status. You ought to see what it takes to enter and live in Mexico if you think the law here is bad. They also need to pass a law that says learn the english language too.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    thanks for helping out, mehico...

    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. D

    Yeah, if we get our crap together we can do it, go home!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    At least in Arizona you do not have to worry about being kidnapped and held for ransom. You also do not have to worry that you will be caught in the crossfire between two warring cartels or geting murdered just for the sake of murder. Mexico has a lot of balls issuing a travel advisory when their country is one of the most dangerous and corrupt county in the western hemisphere.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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