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. tech26

    Funny. Usually its dont go into mexico, my how the tables have turned.

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

    Every one keeps saying racial profiling... There is nothing in the bill that says "if you see a hispanic looking person pull them over." This law does something the fedral government refuses to deal with. It sends Illegals, no matter if your from Mexico or the Middle East, back to your country. Those deffending Illegal Imigrants want to make this a race issue, but it is not. This law is simply put, if your here Illegally you will be arrested.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Its the Law...

    All you whom seem to thing the color is the issue your insecure. All illegals ANY SKIN COLOR go home. Its the law. If Mexico were providing for their people they wouldnt be trying to RUN away. Illegal is the FACT NOT COLOR.

    Ancient History is over, its not whom USE to own what land. Its the now. If you read up on many countries, it changed hands in whose land numerous times. Which was far before any of our time! Quit riding the coat tails of ancient history of who use to occupy land.

    Its the now. The Law Now. If you are illegal thats the fact. Obey the law or pay the consequence. If the majority is of a color and you fit the shoe wear it.

    Pull your race card. If you fall within the criteria so be it. Whining doesn't change the facts. Illegal is the law.

    Its OK to enforce the law... This is now the US of A. We are not who it was 2000 years ago. Keep it Now, Keep it real. Abide the law, just like any other country. Mexico can not control their own Chaos, they want their overflow to dump on others as a burden and responsibility. Take care of your own MEXICO so they dont run away.

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

    Soon the whole world will be boycotting Arizona tourism. Who will advise their citixens to visit a state where they can be detained by police and demanded to show their papers. Police will profile anyone that is not white, and even whites with "funny accents".

    As a tourist in Arizona, if you do not carry your passport and visa on you all the time you could be put in jail.

    Seems as if thats what Europe suffered under Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gm

    Im all for laws against illegal immigration, but a law that has no criteria is just ripe for abuse. I can't wait for all the idiots commenting it is ok to start complaining when they get asked for papers. Better yet, can't wait for road blocks and the like to be set up making said idiots wait in line to be asked for papers. Im glad I don't live in that state.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RK

    Arizona is one place that I'd feel safe.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J Holmes

    Can't we just all inhale and smile? I find that no matter your skin color everyone likes everyone else after a nice ripper or two.....I have tried this out..it works! And remember when the real aliens come they might go to Mexico...very nice beaches

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buzz Lightyear

    North Koreans are becoming a big problem in Bozeman Montana!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vickie

    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.

    Posted by: Kelly
    The illegal, brown river flowing through retail malls is exactly what would make me want to stay away. Perhaps they will get fewer shoplifters and more paying customers with illegals being shipped out.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TCM

    #255 – well, they came here LEGALLY...numbnuts...that's the problem with you pablo's. you want the world to change for you, instead of you adapting to the new surroundings...either assimilate or take your brown ass back south across the border!

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

    So by making good on the laws and regulations that we've already had, and simply enforcing them at the state level, somehow we are the bad guys? Unbelievable. For legal citizens, there is nothing to worry about. I am hispanic, and honestly, I would go to Arizona, join the force and help deport illegals myself. The reason? They are a financial drain on our system. Perhaps not for McDonald's, and all the other fast food corporations. But I find it funny that the same crowd that rails on fast food companies for serving fattening food is so quick to defend the illegal immigrants that are largely employed in entry-level positions, such as fast-food. I digress.

    Now that Mexico has issued a 'travel warning', they are practically doing the job for us. Oregon needs this legistlation, although Lancaster Mall in Salem may cease to exist, the rest of the state would flourish.

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

    I have a question to all these that are ok with that law? I came to the us when i was 10 my parents brought me here and i whent to school and graduate from high school i could not got to university and i started my own bussiness and i paid my taxes and have 2 kids and i can't get a green card because i cant im fixing to be 33 and all i know is the us what do i suppost to do if i go back to mexico i grew up here and comming here was not my choice but im here now and i dont want to go back my kids are from here what a person with my status suppost to do? thanks

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. garc

    "What's wrong with having your papers in order"? Well, I suspect we'd find out that a hell of a lot was wrong with it if white people were required to produce 3 different types of paperwork to prove they were here legally, if someone accused them of Driving While White, Walking Down the Street While White, Shopping While White, etc. This law will fix it that just by merely looking suspiciously brown, you're going to have to "show proof" anytime anybody in power feels like making you do it. If it was something white people were forced to do, there'd be quite a bit of whining going on and it would be rescinded immediately.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. josh

    people using the passport excuse need to undertsand that citizens of those places do not need there passport all the time, and you only show your passport if you commit a crime, maybe to id to get something or even check in out of airport, but do the police go to you while your buying food with your family go up to you with your american Footbal shirt and camera around your neck and give you trouble for being in there country? NO. ok next racist excuse please.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jet

    Stop complaining abour the law, If you dont like it , dont pay your bills with a AZ address and find out the corporations and companies based in AZ and boycott them.

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