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. Cheo-Tucson

    How about we first arrst all hispanics and send them to Mexico (regardless if they are Puertoricans which is a territory of the US), then we go after the Jews and send them all to Israel and then send the blacks to Nigeria. Welcome to Arizona (White Power)!

    Gimme a break!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas

    Isn't it funny how no one really cared about or paid attention to the issue of illegal immigration until just a few years ago?

    Is that when the flood gates burst open? Of course not.

    It's when a few vile opportunitists posing as politicians, like Tom Tancredo, started using immigration as their wedge issue to pit people against each other so they could get elected.

    If you want a cushy job that comes with healthcare for life, a fat pension and you can make contacts to make serious money...then become a politician. But if you don't have any good ideas or solutions to offer...you can still get elected by scapegoating a group of people with rhetoric and propaganda and scare the bejeezus out of all the people who are too lazy to think for themselves.

    What I see on this and every other blog is a bunch of ignorant band-wagon hoppers whose posts make it all too obvious that they are just regurgitating rhetoric and have never really bothered to learn anything about the issues that they're speaking about.

    Anyone who thinks that this new law in Arizona won't result in profiling is too dumb to be walking on their own.

    I'm the child of retired police officer who groaned when he read this because he knows it will be the cops in Arizona who get put in the middle of all this. They'll be the ones who get accused of profiling even if they aren't. They'll be the ones who will be accused of not doing their jobs if the scapegoaters don't get the results out of this that they want.

    People need to pull their heads out of their ...... and realize that illegal immigration isn't the biggest threat to our economic security. The millions of jobs that have been and are still being outsourced to other countries is a much greater threat because those are the jobs held by most of middle class America.

    So, go ahead and rant and rave and scream about the hispanic guy taking your order at the fast food restaurant who may or may not be a native of this country – whiile the Tom Tancredos and Jan Brewers of the world aid and abet companies taking middle-incomejobs from Americans and shipping them off our shores – so they can pay lower wages and no health benefits.

    Before you hop on a bandwagon, you might want to find out where it's really going.

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

    Lol. Every tan person will be harassed. And the comment about if your here legally you have nothing to worry about...try being born here in the states as a second generation Mexican-American and getting harrased all the time by the law, because of what you look like. Ridiculous. With great power comes great responsibility...Let's see local law enforcement practice responsibility when it comes to this statute.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    To all americans traveling into mexico "Becareful you might get killed due to the knowing fact that Mexico can't manage it criminal problems due to the corruption of goverment all the way up to their president" You migt get kid napped because they are more greedy then wallstreet here in the state." You might get raped also hell just stay out of mexico and you will be fine.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr. X

    i've seen Mexican chicks that look absolutley white.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vickie

    funny, wasn't Arizona once Mexico? If we want to talk about native americans and their right to be here..well, Mexicans are as American as apple pie.

    Posted by: lan
    Yes, they are America's huge poverty ridden, uneducated, needy, and very expensive apple pies.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roberto Gallstone

    People prove time and again that they don't care about anyone but themselves. This law may not affect you if you are here legally and are WHITE, but it will affect a lot of people who are here legally and look hispanic. Start your countdown for the first lawsuit to take place within days of this law being enforced. AND I can't wait to see the training manual the governor promised. Will it be full color with photos of what an illegal immigrant looks like? Will it include what a legal immigrant or Mexican-American looks like for comparison? What will be the difference between the two photos? It should make for some classic comedy too. I REALLY REALLY hope they make that training manual.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lawton

    Apparently the Federal government does not understand the difference between immigration and invasion.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark Stephens

    I understand that the literal translation of the word "Arizona" from the native Ho-Ho-Kam
    dialect means "look over your shoulder, darkie!"

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dghell

    How about they worry about fixing their corrupted drug, murdered ran country, instead of worrying about how we are trying to resolve our issues on this side of the fence. All the other countries do it the right way and eventually get in, so basically follow the same rules! Mexico is one of the most corrupted countries and this guy wants to send a letter of advisory out about the USA.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    Drivers licence is proof of citizenship. You have to prove your a legal citizen to get a drivers licence, ie birth certificate and social security. If your not born here then you have to provide a green card or work/student visa to get it.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TimM

    Great! Please get the warning out to the illegal Mexican thugs who have caused 50% of our murder rate,elevated Phoenix to the number 2 city in the world for kidnapping, and the murder of three police officers just recently. Thank you Mexican Government.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Concerned

    "if you are in Arizona legally, there will be no problem."

    Funny, Maybe no problem for you if you are not Hispanic. Its obvious that this law is targeted at Mexicans. So the majority of the Mexican American Arizonians could be subjected to harrassment and be asked for their "papers." If they ask me for my "greed card" I will give them my American Express.. 🙂

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robert

    has everyone forgotten about Obama's aunt who is in the country ILLEGALLY and living in section 8 housing?
    the reason why this won't work is because of all the whining from the hypocrites crying to get cheaper products and services which encourages the employment of the illegals, because the companies that hire them will tell you that the people here legally aren't willing to do the work they do, but also fail to tell you that they don't offer a wage it takes someone here legally to live on.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Julie Moore

    Arizona, Thank God you have some leaders as well as John McCain who are not afraid of enforcing the rules of the United States. Who are not afraid of the Obama clan and their underhanded dictatorship.
    This ruling should apply to Mexicans, African Americans, Jamaicans, Iranians, Indians, Egyptians, Colombians etc... I am tired of all the immigrants coming into this country and trying to change the rules and laws to make it feel more like home to them. If you want home stmosphere, go back to your own country, and leave the United States alone.
    Arizona I hope by passing this law you have set the trail for the American's to start taking back the United States. get behind the Tea Parties and clean house in Washington. This is only the beginning if the American people and their State Governments follow your lead.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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