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. Steve

    People throwing a fit because why? If you enter a country legally you have to show your papers so whats the big deal. If you enter illegally and someone asks for you papers any where else in the world Im sure you'll be deported too. Why is this news?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sunshine

    The Mexican consullate refused to let our cruise ship last year dock even though the cruise line had paid for the space in advance. Why would they not let us dock, the answer given us was the Mexican consulate doesn't like American customs. Go figure.

    And, ELIZABETH, THESE PEOPLE PUT THEIR ENTIRE FAMILIES AT RISK AND THAT IS THEIR PROBLEM. GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW MUCH THEY CARE.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jaime

    People who are raising their hands and praising Arizona, don't really understand the severity of the issue. It's not just whether or not you're an American citizen, it's if they even suspect you of not being an American citizen. This may lead to a higher incidence of racial profiling.

    I ask you, how would you like to be stopped and asked if you belong in this country, just by the way you look?

    I'm a 3rd generation Latino here in the US. I have a masters degree, I work hard like everyone else, I pay taxes, and I fear everyday of losing my job, just like everyone else. Now, do I have to fear of being profiled because of the way I look? Come on, there has to be a better solution.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chino

    Wow. Now that's what I call a law that gets instant results. Proof in its effectiveness!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. david

    Well, i guess with the pres.of Mexico telling mexicans to not travel to the usa, this whole matter is gonna clear itself up. I mean really, Caulderon told them to stop the drug violence and that worked well for him didn't it? And if all these " protesters ' don't go back to work after 8 days, they'll lose those jobs they walked here for> Unemployment goes down in AZ soon. many job openings . The Hispanics work against their own cause, they need a Ghandi now, otherwise they reaffirm the reason americans want them out. Pretty simple, you think they would get it.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LBW

    And to all Americans in Mexico, "Be warned that our drug Lords will shoot you down like a dog for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and we will not see them do this. Nor will we care."

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    So...I am required to carry identification that proves who I am but those that have issues with this feel as though they shouldn't have to carry their ID or proof of who they are? Wow! With that said, it isn't profiling when you are breaking the law which...I'm sorry...there are numerous individuals (and I would bet many of them don't have proper and legal documentation) that feel as though the laws of the US don't apply to them. I applaude Arizona for doing this! I also believe that the police (who are being asked to enforce this) won't arbitrarily go out and start pulling people over "just because." I would be considered one of those guys that could be "profiled" because of the car I drove at a younger age...the only time I was ever "profiled" was when I broke the law...when I followed the rules of the road, I was left alone...even as a young man driving a $100,000 car that was owned be a friend of mine and he was borrowing my truck.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. holli nielsen

    racial profiling??????????????really?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alan

    Pretty sad when a State has to stick its neck out with a law to enforce our Federal borders. But, something had to be done and my hat's off to Jan Brewer and the legislators in Arizona.

    Guess the guys in Washington are still sitting around watching porn and passing themselves pay raises. they probably wouldn't even realize it if we got invaded.

    All incumbents OUT in 2010/2011 – VOTE for CHANGE; not just a promise of it!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Win Adams

    I very much admire the Governor of Arizona for taking a step that all other states should follow. Apparently there are a large number of Mexicans that have a problem with the word illegal. The federal government needs to start listening to the marjorit of citizens of this country, of which 70% approve of Arizona's new law.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dave mcnich

    you're an idiot Kim. Now go support partial birth abortion somewhere.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    When can California get in on this?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kari

    Think about it, though. We legal citizens carry with us.... our driver's licenses. I'm told for security purposes that I shouldn't carry my birth certificate or social security card, and currently my passport has my maiden name. What if I'm stopped? I show my driver's license and the cop thinks it's fake. (A long shot, but let's look at all the possibilities, here)

    I realize that the law has the right intention, but probable cause for asking needs to be defined, the 'correct' paperwork that should be carried needs to be defined, and without making legal residents and citizens carry confidential information that the rest of us don't need to carry. People want equality for everyone, so we should allow our visitors and legal residents to have that same equality.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jorge

    The issue at hand is whether or not someone should have to furnish papers proving citizenship whenever someone asks. I should not have to carry around my drivers license, passport, birth certificate, etc while going for a walk.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    Although I do love all the wonderful racists America seems to produce.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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