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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    Mine is an Enhaced Drivers Licensed Mr. ustaxpayer but sadly it wont keep me from being suspicius in AZ even with my precious looks.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yeah u heard it

    Everyone do you carry your passport on you when vacationing abroad? 90% of people leave it in their hotel room right? How about you get arrested when you travel for not having your documents on you? The problem is some police officers will use this as an excuse to stop people and question them wheter they are commiting a crime or not...trust me their are other ways to enforce immigration laws

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

    I hope Colorado does the same thing real soon.
    I am proud of the governor of AZ.
    She is a true American.
    Legals have no problem showing ID
    If you are a law breaker, you are always nervous.
    good, good, good.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Buzz Lighyear


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  5. Bill

    Why don't we require all American citizens to be implanted with an electronic bar code? That way everywhere we go "Law Enforcers" can scan us. This is a slippery slope with scary consequences.

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

    WOW, this will be a DISASTER. Racial profiling and discrimination lawsuits will flood this state. This reminds me of Communism. When I was a kid I lived in Russia for a while and the police would stop people there, anyone who didn't look "Russian" would be a potential target to be stopped and checked. Is this what we are turning into? What about those illegal immigrants that look completely white? This is a complete disaster. It's shameful to have laws like these in this day of age.

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

    Yeah, right i wonder if all the anglos will be carrying their birth certificates, its all bullshit. The only true americans in this land are the Native Americans which the anglo dog slaughtered and stole our land. Everyone else is illegal, get out of our land..

    April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buzz Lightyear

    I saw many many people here from Luxomberg.
    Are they legals?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darrell Standring

    My concern is that this is tantamount to African Americans in the South having to be subject to questioning and property searches by local law enforcement under the guise of "The Law". How do you define "suspected reason" for asking a Latino or Hispanic to show their legal documents? If I'm a racist, and I don't like you, I can turn that into a "suspected reason" and harass you. I'm sorry, I've seen this all before through studying history, and this is nothing more than justified racism. There has to be another way to handle this situation that doesn't leave so many loopholes to excuse haters for their actions and beliefs.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fred hogan

    Arizona should issue a warning for travel in Mexico where you could be kidnapped, shot, stabbed. beheaded or even have your face cut off and stitched to a soccer ball.

    Now, would you rather travel in Arizona or Mexico?

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


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  12. Charles

    We issue alerts for travel in Mexico because people are getting gunned down and decapitated. Mexico issues a travel alert because we're going to check ID.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SJM

    My husband is a Canadian, with permanent resident status, and is required to carry his Green Card on him. Why is this any different?

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

    Hey Matt.....those are really insightful inputs you post......moron. Clean up your language and post something worth reading. Otherwise, go back and hang with your illegal immigrant friends and shove it. Why don't you go live in Mexico for a few months and tell us how much you enjoy it.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ricky D

    As harsh as this sounds. If the US Government and Mexico's Government would do something about the people getting into the US illegally, then states wouldn't have to put these type of practices in place. I actually heard a mexican national say that they aren't targeting Canadians like this. Well why do you think that is? It's because they are coming over by the thousands illegally. Since the amnesty in the 80's we now have a larger problem of illegal population. So, are we supposed to grant this every 25-30 years? Get real. As a country we cannot afford to take on illegal immigrants. Go throiugh the legal channels or Stay HOME!

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