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. Edward

    What is happening to hikers who accedintly crossed the border into Iran, What is happening to the person from China who stepped accross the border into North Korea? We are the only contry that rewards illegals who cross our border. If the politicians would get their act together Arizona would not have had to pass this bill to protect the citizens of it's State.

    I would also say everyone is panicing over nothing. Everyone old enough to drive already carries a pictured ID, an insurance card and any number of identification. Only someone doing what they shouldn't be doing needs to worry about the police, and now the police in Arizona, at least, can do their job.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Buzz Lightyear

    Chinese people – they are not really American!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al Sharptongue

    Those who are against this law should be billed for all the public services that are paid to the illegals. Those who are for the law shoud not have to pay at all. This is a simple solution to the problem.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    The question here is that the law violates the rights of the people that they search. Yes, it will help catch illegals. There's no doubt. But searching anyone they see fit with no probable cause constitutes Americans losing more of their rights. The law will be abused and Americans will be harassed. Is opening ourselves up for a random search at any given time worth getting rid of people in our country illegally?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Armadillo

    What a great law. Let's also make all the white people of European descent carry their passports within the USA to show they are here legally. If they look illegal, give em the boot. Better yet, give them the boot if they look legal. We Americans are sick and tired of Euro trash colonizing our great nation. I love the Republican Party and their progressive stance towards all the worlds peoples.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cris

    I get it now...if you are a "legal" american then that means you get to abuse all the benefits, and services that america offers? Although if your "illegal" that means you can't? Seriously people there are so many things that are more important.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Talisman

    All i can say is, now maybe the mexican government will get a taste of its own medicine. How many people get pulled over for NO reason by corrupt federalis when they are visiting mexico? How many of them have to pay a cash "fine" for breaking a non existent law? Or a making up traffic violation, hoping to get some money. The mexican government needs to fix their system of corrupt law enforcement before they start crying about our attempt to keep illegals out of our country.
    If you are legal, you have nothing to complain about. If you are illegal, well, you are breaking the law, and will get deported.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sandy

    What does an illegal immigrant look like????

    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Amac

    People say we need illegal immigrants to support our economy, and do the jobs noone else wants to. Sadly its true, the working class of America is now obese and draining our heatlh care system badly.

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

    REPEAT: A driver's license is NOT proof of legal status...... all Arizonans and visitors will have to start carrying their passports and/or birth certificates and be prepared to show them at any time. If you need assistance in how to do this, please refer to WWII Nazi Germany.

    No one is condoning illegal immigration, but is this really the right way to go about this?? REALLY?????

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

    Mexicans are as american as apple pie. You keep thinking that, brown man

    April 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    "suck it up"

    Yes, being harassed everyday is what a US citizen should be ok with to deal with the problem. Why don't we just detain them all, put them in sports stadiums and weed them out that way. If a US citizen is stuck in there, gets pulled from his or her family for hours, days, misses work, it's ok. It's just something we have to suck up. Sheer brilliance.

    I will not carry anything more than my license. I would not risk carrying around original copies of a birth certificate, social security (also not proof), or any other documents that could get lost or stole and then used for ID theft.

    Let's get some brains together already. This will not solve the problem. It'll just get citizens to move out to avoid the 'inconvenience' of helping them with such a great law. Businesses won't bother setting up shop there. I don't mean businesses hiring illegals, those should be prosecuted. That is a better start.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Carla

    I am appalled at all these comments. Seriously LEGAL PEOPLE do you really think you own the USA? The only true people that can say they are true americans without any immigrational background are the AMERICAN INDIANS. I don't care what race you are your history is through immigration idiots.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick

    This travel advisory comes from the same government that issued flyers on how to sneak into America safely. I hope they the illeagals take this literally and stay away, and as for the leagal immigrants, welcome, I am one also

    April 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Buzz Lightyear

    There are way too many people here from Iceland
    Check into that!!!!

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