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. david

    Mr.Faison #72 ..Didn't they mean americans rights to unreasonable search and seizure? No where did our constitution or Bill of Rights mention any other countries populace being protected under our laws. If you like our laws, copy them, take them back to your country, get elected their president, bring it before your congress and make it your law also. We don't mind sharing a good thing, just not every good thing.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bebop

    As long as illegals are cleaning the trash, pickin' the crops, cleaning the motel rooms and washing dishes many of you were all for it. Now Arizona passes a half a$$ed bill, and you're jumping on the bandwagon like you live in Arizona...LOLOLOL

    April 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wonkatania

    Everyone keeps asking, what's wrong with this. Everyone assumes that this will only inconvenience those who are here illegally. Really? How will a copy determine who is here illegally? Do Illegal Aliens have the word "ILLEGAL" stamped on their foreheads? No, can you say "Racial Profiling?" Anyone who even looks Hispanic will be stopped and asked to prove that they are here legally. Not a problem if you are you say? BS, I do not want to be stopped everyday while I walk on the sidewalk. It's inconvenient for me, it cuts into my day, and I will be made to feel like a second class citizen. I am an American, born and raised, and now I am simply a Hispanic who happens to have been born in the U.S., a citizen, but look Un-American.

    I vote that if they stop 10 Mexican Americans, they should make it a point to stop ten white people too. Let's see how long this law lasts with that happening.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lassie

    Will someone let me out!!
    I gotta pee!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. irisson2

    This is great news! Legals are welcome. Illegals stay on your side of the border. If you don't want to be criminalized, enter the USA legally or stay home.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PABLO

    BRAVO I HATE ARIZONA

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CodeMonkee

    This bill does NOT target Mexicans. It targets illegal immigrants. The fact that the majority of illegal immigrants are Mexican says more about Mexico and her citizens than it does about us.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James

    OK...a little free ducation here folks. First of all, the cops are NOT going to go around in swarms frisking Mexicans and other they suspect as illegal. They will, however, have the authority to verify legality of anyone caught committing a crime or other unlawful act. Second.....you don't think "us white folk" ever get stopped and searched for no reason? Ever hear of "driver checkpoints?" Happens all the time. I don't particularly care for it, but I understand the reason for it: to keep those breaking the law off the streets. If you are innocent/legal...then you have nothing to worry about. And if you think that your "rights" are being violated, try living in most any other country in this world and see just how many "rights" you actually have. If anything, this country affords its citizens TOO MANY rights......anbd we are awfully good at abusing them.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. my pros and cons

    I have noticed that the "you go Arizona" folks don't seem to understand that the uproar isn't because people are required to show their documentation IT'S ACTUALLY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT ARIZONA IS GOING ABOUT ENFORCING THIS LAW. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE ACCURATE ABOUT SPOTTING AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SIMPLY BY LOOKING AROUND TOWN, SEEING SOMEBODY AND SAYING TO YOURSELF "HMMMMM THERE'S AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT STANDING RIGHT THERE, LET'S GO AND STOP HIM" WITHOUT MAKING A RACIAL ASSUMPTION BASED ON FREQUENT STEREOTYPES. THAT IS RACIAL PROFILING. THE VERY SORT OF RACIAL PROFILING THAT OUR BLACK FRIENDS WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT IN THE 1980S AND 1990S WHEN THEY COULDN'T DRIVE BMWs OR A MERCEDEZ BENZ WITHOUT BEING TAILGATED BY THE POLICE BECAUSE "THEY COULD BE DRUG DEALERS" OR "IT COULD BE A STOLEN CAR"!!!! THIS ISN'T A GAME....IT'S EASY TO IGNORE IF YOU DON'T FEEL IT WILL AFFECT YOU BUT THERE'S SERIOUS CONCERN IN OUR LATINO COMMUNITIES ABOUT OUR PEOPLE BEING HARASSED SIMPLY FOR BEING HISPANIC LOOKING. Thaaaat's what the fuss is about PEOPLE!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jlbh2222

    kim...actually you do carry proof your an american citizen, it's called a driver's license, also your soc sec card. So yes everyone everyday carries around proof they are an america citizen. This is a very large issue, no one is saying they can't visit, they are saying they can't be here illegally, colecting welfare and our soc sec without paying taxes. Personally I belieev anyone who wants to be a citizen needs to serve in the military, enlist recieve your citizenship, serve 4 years and your immediete family recieves theirs...pretty simple answer, most of them would rather stay in their own coutry than have to fight for ours.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marty

    How is being asked for proper paperwork harassment? If illegals were being shot for crossing the border, maybe, but that isn't happenng just yet.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aaron

    I don't understand the opposition to this new law, in the past, ICE agents were the only ones who could legally ask anyone for proof of legal residency in this county. this law just extends this ability to the local police. Before, police were "handcuffed" (pardon the pun) because they weren't allowed to ask questions regarding immigration. it would be like if someone was shot, bleeding in the street and the only paramedics could legally help him, even if there was a police officer on scene first.

    so in conclusion this is just an extension to a current law. not a entirely new one.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    You can tell illegals cause they have worn out shoes!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LuLu

    When you are in a foregin country don't you always carry your passport? I do.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rogelio Hernandez

    Ok, I understand the need to keep order and control. I understand the frustration of a State over the inaction of the Federal Government. But what many if not all are not even considering here is the potential harassment to which LEGAL Mexicans will become subject to.
    I ask any white American here, are you OK with allowing the Police to pull you over on your way to work for no other reason than checking your papers?
    What is the criteria for who "looks like a Mexican or not." For instance, I know many Mexicans whiter than milk and with blonde hair and green eyes... would they be harassed and embarrassed?
    Or you think it is nice to be pulled over just because the color of your skin? So how about the middle eastern that look like Northern Mexicans?

    How about all the other Latinos including Puerto Ricans and Cubans (as much as they like to disassociate themselves with Mexicans, they are often mistakenly marked as one because of our physical similitude).

    Another question, have you ever been running late for work and forgot your wallet? So what if you do?
    Are you telling me that every American in Arizona men, women and children will from here on out carry their passports?
    What legal document does an American has to proof their citizenship?

    Because I know plenty of Americans who have never got a passport because they have never been out of the country... Will they be arrested too in the meantime a friend brings over sufficient proof?

    So what if lets say... a legal Mexican or Mexican look alike (whatever that is since the color spectrum and physical features of Mexicans is extremely broad) forgot the wallet, or it got stolen yesterday because the cops are to busy playing border patrol and some crooks stole his wallet. So he needs to go to work right? What is he supposed to do?
    Stay home?
    Loose his job?
    Or risk going to work like any other Citizen and Legal resident and being pulled over for some racist cop (like if they needed one more excuse) and being arrested, his car towed away until he can get positive proof?

    And who pays for the tow? And who pays for lost wages? etc. etc. etc.

    Like I said in the beginning, I understand the frustration of the Arizona dwellers, and I understand the spirit of this legislation but it is extremely flawed.

    For instance, when I travel, I normally leave my passport in the hotel, because I dont want to risk it getting stolen and then loose a week getting a new one because I can not go back home.

    What would happen to a business man, or trainee or visitor going to Arizona who does the same?

    Arrested? Thrown in jail with common criminals?

    Did anyone thought about these things?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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