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. Patrick

    They need to put this law into effect in California!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bailoutsos

    What's the big deal? My wife and I went to Mexico a few years ago and was advised to carry a copy of our passports at all times for identification.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Minh Tran

    However, this law also affects US Citizen that does not look caucasian. These US Citizen must carry passport with them all the time to avoid troubles.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Al Sharptongue

    That's right – money straight out of your wallet that should be spent on YOUR family. Still against the law?

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alisson

    "Arizona, the Nazi Germany of America. Good job, Governor Brewer, for showing how hateful and racist the GOP has become. In the rapidly changing demographics of America, ou can kiss good-bye winning another election. God and history will judge you about what you did on Friday!"

    This is such an ignorant comment. I bet you are happy shelling out your money that you could be using to feed your kids / your family / yourself to support someone who is here illegally! It's about time that a state stood up for what is right. It's such a slap in the face to all immigrants who have done everything right to live in this country – they could have gotten a free ride like everyone else, but they didnt – they paid their dues. Mexico has a no tolerance policy for illegal immigrants – and that goes for the majority of the countries on this planet. This has nothing to do with racism – this is about doing what is right for the greater good of the country.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joy

    The next law they to pass is one that says if you are born in the United States to parents here illegally then you are not a U.S. citizen. That way there is no worry about separating parents from their children. Or they can take their "legal" child with them back to Mexico and the child can return back to the U.S. at the age of 18.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robert

    if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, your best bet is to assume it's a duck.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charles

    I don't know about other places but where I live if your stopped for anything and you are over 16 you must have some form of ID or you will be detained. I think its about time someone stood up and did something.
    Did you know that if you were stopped in Mexico and don't have papers on you you go to jail I know this to be true as we were there last year and one of the people in our party had his passport and walet stolen and we were on our way to get them replaced. One block from the consulates we were stop and off to jail he went. It took us 1 week to get him out and we were there legally.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    My wife came here legally and we paid a hefty price for legal paperwork, the time involved, and all the red tape. Crossing a river or fence put you in peril of getting deported. Tough!!! If you are not here legally, get out. End of story.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LCW

    I remember when the fence was put up in Southern California. Everybody screamed racism, said it wouldn't help. Guess what? Crime went down in San Deigo.

    I welcome immigrants – we need them, couldn't get by without them. However, I think that the La Raza Unida folks have really ticked off a large portion of US Citizens. The southern US does not belong to any one race – and if it did, it wouldn't be hispanics, it would be native americans. It's not fair to the LEGAL immigrants to allow illegals to live and work here, not only hispanics but asians and eastern europeans. Do we really want people in this country who think laws don't apply to them? And have you noticed that gangs like MS13 have large illegal membership? Why would that be?

    Why doesn't Mexico lead by example here, instead of being hypocritical? They shoot illegals. Get your own house in order before criticizing someone else!

    I'm really tired of this beign made into a racial issue. It's not. It's a economical and fairness issue.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Lopez

    Buzz Lightyear... get back to your pushcart, there's a line forming for your corn cobs.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David Toms

    Travel advisory? From Mexico ?? REALLY ? that place is a JOKE !! I will never go to Mecixo and i will be much safer for it !! CLOSE THE BORDER !! NOW

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dustin

    For all the idiots making comments along the lines... "I have to have my papers when traveling abroad, why is this any different"

    Here's what's different, its really very simple.

    Hispanics that are living in Arizona legally will have to prove their residence even if they were born here and their families have lived here since before Arizona even became a state.

    This law is requiring all hispanics legal and illegal to prove their legality status. Imagine being pulled over as a legal citizen and being arrested on suspicion because you don't carry your birth cert or ss card. I doubt most of you carry that info.

    If you think this law is fair and just then everyone of every race should have to carry their papers at all times as well. Which seems unconstitutional to me.

    Not to mention most of the immigrants are trying to escape the many drug cartels that are currently waging war in just about every major Mexican city. Imagine trying to raise a family in that environment, you'd probably make a run for the border too. Actually seems like a safer choice.

    Please learn to appreciate the situations other than you yourself are in and how to walk in somebody else shoes for once.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bham

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

    Yeah, that's just what Himmler said to the Jews when he imposed similiar "requisite identity checks" in Germany circa 1942.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    They really need this law in California

    April 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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